Letter

Letter Thank you for participating

To the editor:

Thank you, Clay County, for a fantastic DakotaDome Relay for Life on Feb. 25.

The American Cancer Society fund raiser brought in more than $27,000, and donations still are trickling in.

First of all, we'd like to thank Patrick Wempe and his USD Special Events Class. These enthusiastic students helped organize the event and then gave up their Sunday to work hard. They labored on setup and cleanup and kept the event running smoothly throughout the day.

The 600-plus people who raised money and walked the track during the event were fantastic. They, and the cancer survivors who walked the Victory Lap, braved chilly temperatures and icy roads to make the event a success. In addition, every person who made a donation, or financed a luminaria, played their part.

Our corporate supporters were great. They included this publication, the Vermillion Plain Talk/Broadcaster, the event's corporate media partner.

The relay's corporate media sponsor was KVTK 1570 AM/KVHT 106.3 FM radio in Vermillion. In addition, the Civic Council, Clay County Abstract & Title Co., the Vermillion Medical Clinic and Wells Fargo were corporate partners. Sioux Valley Hospital, Vermillion Fertilizer and Rasmussen Motors were community partners. Numerous businesses donated products and services for

the event.

The Eagles Auxiliary provided a tasty lunch for some 400 hungry walkers. USD student nurses donated time to offer information about cancer. Numerous people from the community contributed time and effort as relay organizers. They include: Elaine Larson, team recruitment chair; Gwen Mount, luminaria chair; Sue Berg, refreshment chair; Sue Jopling, prize chair; Terry Spencer, entertainment and activities chair; Marci Hovden, cancer survivorship chair; and Patrick Wempe, logistics and facilities chair.

Thanks to everyone. We couldn't have done it without you.

Wess Pravecek, relay chair

Ruth Bylander, relay co-chair

Vermillion

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