Relay for Life raises $27,507

Relay for Life raises $27,507 The recent DakotaDome Relay for Life has raised $27,500 for the American Cancer Society. The total includes $21,507.90 in cash and $5,989.57 in in-kind donations.

"We are so pleased," said Chairwoman Wess Pravecek. "And, we are so grateful for the people from throughout Clay County who responded with dollars, time and enthusiasm."

Over the course of the day, and despite icy roads, more than 600 people showed up to show their support for the fight against cancer. The event was held Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Fortunately for us, the foot or so of snow that was expected did not materialize," Pravecek added. "We had visions of an event with 12 people and food for 400. Instead, the community provided an overwhelming response."

The Eagles Auxiliary (which also provided the barbeque for lunch) won the prize for the most team money raised with $1,151. The Wakonda Space Cadets with $992 were a close second. Other top money raisers included Vermillion Medical Clinic, USD Student Nurses Association, Dalesburg Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the USD Business School.

One of the Eagles Auxiliary team members, Jane Munkvold, was the top individual money raiser with $540. The Business School team, which was sponsored by Herren-Schempp Building Supply, earned top honors for decorating the team campsite. It featured a tent covered with celestial cutouts, and slogans, all emphasizing the event theme: "2001: A Team Odyssey."

The event included 44 teams who raised money for the cause. Several corporate supporters helped make the event a success as well. The relay's corporate media sponsor was KVTK 1570 AM/KVHT 106.3 FM radio in Vermillion. The Vermillion Plain Talk/Broadcaster was the event's corporate media partner.

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. A number of other businesses donated products and services for the event (a final list will be available next week).

The day began with remarks by Pravecek and Vermillion Mayor Bill Radigan; a color guard from USD ROTC; The Star Spangled Banner by Erin Conlon; a moving tribute to cancer survivors, led by Survivorship Chairwoman Marci Hovden and an inspirational first lap around the track by cancer survivors.

Entertainment throughout the day included the Vermillion High School Pep Band; singers Steve and Rebecca Giedosh; a golden oldies band, Past Masters: karaoke, courtesy of Dwight Iverson; and Grassy Knoll, a rock fusion instrumental group. Face painting was offered by Air Art Graphics for the kids and the young at heart.

Almost 800 luminarias honoring cancer survivors and remembering those who have died of the disease lined the inner track. Their names were read during the afternoon.

Plans already are under way for the 2002 relay. To volunteer, call Chairwoman Ruth Bylander at 253-2138 or 677-5289.

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