He and his company, Island Style Mobile Entertainment, are entering their fourth year volunteering to run the music for the American Cancer Society fundraiser.
“It’s just my way of giving back to the community,” Ignacio said. “I’ve got some friends who have cancer … I’ve lost a friend or two to cancer.”
He’s not the only musical performer who will be helping the Kodiak effort. Alaska country music singer/songwriter Ken Peltier will be highlighting the Relay for Life kickoff as he joins Kodiak cancer survivors on the opening lap before playing his brand of country and western.
“He is a cancer survivor himself and is very active with the American Cancer society,” said Pam Foreman, online and advertising chairwoman for Kodiak Relay for Life.
“He was here a few months ago performing, and one of our committee asked him if he’d perform. … It just went from there,” she said.
“We’re excited to have him here to kick it off, but there are lots of others performing,” Foreman said.
Those others include the Kodiak Samoan dance troupe, which is trying to expand its reach, Relay committee chairwoman Angela McFarland said.
The karaoke contest, a participant favorite, is scheduled to return for another year, and theme laps will continue during the event.
Throughout the whole 24 hours, Ignacio will keep things moving, McFarland said.
“His music will correspond with whatever the theme is. He’s very good about that,” she said.
Kodiak Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. Friday with opening ceremonies at the Baranof Park track.
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