Businesses support Relay for Life

Businesses support Relay for Life Vermillion businesses have joined in the DakotaDome Relay for Life in a big way. So far, more than $3,500 in cash and in-kind donations have poured in for the American Cancer Society event scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.

The relay's corporate media sponsor is KVTK 1570 AM/KVHT 106.3 FM radio in Vermillion. The Vermillion Plain Talk/Broadcaster is the event's corporate media partner.

In addition, the Civic Council, Clay County Abstract & Title Company, the Vermillion Medical Clinic and Wells Fargo are corporate partners. Vermillion Fertilizer and Rasmussen Motors are community partners. A number of other businesses are donating products and services for the event.

"There's still plenty of time for businesses to join in," said Wess Pravecek, chair of the event. Businesses can make a contribution or help sponsor a team. In some cases, employees have pooled their resources to field teams for the relay.

The Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus will also be sponsoring the "survivor" t-shirts that will be distributed to all of the walkers who participate in the initial survivor lap.

Five Vermillion locations are giving time and space by selling luminarias honoring cancer survivors or remembering those who have died of cancer: the Civic Council store, Deb's Hallmark, Nook 'n Cranny, Vermillion Beauty Shop, and Vermillion Federal Credit Union. The luminarias are white paper bags placed at the Dome and illuminated by twinkle lights during the relay. Each bag carries someone's name, either to remember someone who has died of cancer or to honor someone who is a survivor, for a $5 donation.

The relay, sponsored by the Clay County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the USD Special Events Class, is the county's largest fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. The relay is one of hundreds such events nationwide that raises money for the American Cancer Society, for research projects, services for cancer patients and educational programs aimed at preventing cancer and recognizing symptoms.

Teams pay an entry fee of $150 and pledge to have at least one team member on the track throughout the six-hour event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. In addition, team members go to family, friends and community to raise even more money for the event.

The relay includes a wide variety of entertainment, food or snacks, and valuable and potentially lifesaving information about cancer, available free to all.

To participate, contact Team Recruitment Chair Elaine Larson at 624-2437, Pravecek at 624-5352 or Co-Chair Ruth Bylander at 253-2138 or 677-8596.

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