(Beaver Dam) The 23rd Annual Relay for Life of the Beaver Dam Area kicks off today. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life Co-chair Leann Tramm says proceeds go towards many different causes such as rides to doctor’s appointments, the Hope Lodge and research. The goal this year is to raise $50-thousand dollars. Tramm says that currently they have around $13-thousand and that throughout the event updates will be given, ending in a final preliminary tally. Donations can be received through August 31st through the American Cancer society website or on the Beaver Dam Relay for Life Facebook page. Tramm says each year the event recognizes an honorary survivor and that this year’s program will highlight a local Beaver Dam woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 28-years-old. The relay gets underway at 4pm inside the Wayland Academy Fieldhouse and the opening ceremony begins 6pm. There will be silent auctions, face painting for kids, bingo and food will be served. At 9pm, a Luminaria ceremony will recognize individuals who have passed away from cancer, survivors of cancer or show support for those still fighting the disease. In year’s past the event was held on the third weekend of June but has now been moved up to June 1st and will conclude at 11pm.