Relay for Life of Pontotoc County has raised about $44,000 for cancer research so far this year and organizers are hoping to generate an additional $106,000 for the cause.

Susan Flesner, community manager of development for the American Cancer Society, said she was optimistic the annual fundraiser would meet the $150,000 goal. She added this year’s Relay for Life will feature an auction, food and entertainment as well as the traditional activities.

“It’s a big family event, and so we would invite the whole community to come out for it and bring any loved ones who are cancer survivors,” the Oklahoma City woman said Friday.

Relay for Life is the main fundraiser for the American Cancer Society which uses the proceeds to boost cancer research and help people struggling with the disease. The event also pays tribute to cancer victims and honors survivors.

In Ada, the 2012 Relay for Life will begin at 7 p.m. June 15 at Ada High School football field. The event will kick off with an opening ceremony, followed by a lap around the track for cancer survivors and their families at 7:30 p.m.

A luminaria ceremony which honors cancer victims and people who are living with the disease, is set for 9:30 p.m.

The event will continue through the night, ending with a closing ceremony at 7 a.m. June 16.

Joshua Hinson will say the opening prayer in English and Chickasaw, and the Ada-based gospel group Southern Sonlight will perform following the opening ceremony, said entertainment coordinator Sandy Maxwell.The entertainment lineup also includes:

• The Ada-based country/rock group Owl Creek Road.

• Zoom City under the direction of Bronson Warren.

• Rhonda Hughes will lead a Zumba session at about 10:30 p.m. June 15.

• Sarah Maloy with MM Body Tech will do kickboxing at 6 a.m. June 16.

John Roan will act as master of ceremonies, and there will be activities throughout the night, Maxwell said.