Relay for Life raises $30,000 to battle cancer The 2004 DakotaDome Relay For Life on Feb. 22 raised almost $30,000 in cash and in-kind donations, with almost $21,000 in cash for cancer research, education and assistance for patients and their families.
"The generous spirit of this area is heartwarming," said Janet Mount, chair of the the relay. "We want to thank everyone who donated, who raised money, who gave money and who contributed goods and services."
The relay was sponsored by area volunteers and the USD Special Events Class taught by Dr. Patrick Wempe.
More than 25 cancer survivors started the walking as they made a victory lap around the track. Some of the highlights of the day included local
entertainers; participation by the relay's honorary survivor chair, Barbara Johnson, wife of U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson; and around 500 luminarias honoring cancer survivors and honoring those who have died of cancer.
Volunteer program participants included the USD ROTC Honor Guard, the Rev. Brook McBride, Erin Conlon and Barbara Johnson. Entertainers included Tim Duggan, Heather's High Steppers, U Dance and Mark Winegar.
USD provided the relay site at the DakotaDome. Media sponsors ($1,000) include the Broadcaster/Plain Talk and Mix 106.3 KVHT-FM.
Major corporate sponsors ($500) include Clay County Abstract & Title Company, Civic Council and the Vermillion Medical Clinic.
Corporate sponsors ($250) are the Vermillion Federal Credit Union, Roy and Betsy Mortinsen, Rasmussen Motors,
Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center, Houska Dental Clinic, Alkota Cleaning Systems, Wells Fargo and Phase 2 Solutions.
Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center contributed health screenings and materials. The Clay County Extension Office, Virginia Delvaux, provided skin scans and educational information on skin cancer.
Food and food services donors include: Subway, Pizza Hut, Little Italy's, Domino's, Mexico Viejo, Recuerdo's, Taco John's, Dairy Queen, Burger King, McDonald's, Quizno's, Aramark, Hy-Vee, Toby's, Vermillion Federal Credit Union, Whimp's, Bunyan's, Dawn Jensen, Culligan's, Latte Da, Nace and Rex Huska, Community First Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, First Dakota Bank, First
National Bank, Johny's Electric, Chesterman Company, and Pepsi Company.
Prize donors include: Hawaiian Sun, Choice Pharmacy, Verizon, Cherry Street Grille, The Bluffs Golf Course, Coyote Twin Vermillion Theatres, Super Wash, Deb's Hallmark, USD Book and Supply, Barnes & Noble, Tootsie's, Wild Flower,
Wilson Florist, Looking Glass, USD DakotaDome, Cellular One, Super 8, Silver Dollar/Texas Roadhouse, Nook 'n Cranny, Doo-Wop Shake Shop, Candy Bouquet, Bob's Amoco, Comfort Inn, Dallas Jewelry, Main Street Pub/Whimp's, Pamida, True Value, Fullerton, Eye Care Eye Wear, Hair By Stewarts, Prairie Lanes Bowling, Sandy Strom, Wells Fargo, Massage For Health, Curves, McDonald's, Vermillion Federal Credit Union, Pressbox, Coffee Shop Gallery, Buffalo Run Winery, Budweiser, and AT&T. Also, Mary Kay products, "Big Dogs" items, duffle bag.
Services were donated by Vermillion Printing, the Walking Billboard, USD Sports Medicine Department and Pressing Matters. Luminaria assistance was offered by Ace Hardware, Jones' Food Store, Hy-Vee, the Civic Council, First National Bank, Vermillion Federal Credit Union and the Austin kindergarten class.
Committee chairs, who were assisted by community volunteers and students from the USD Special Events Class, included; Logistics, Dr. Patrick Wempe; Corporate Sponsorship, Wess Pravecek; Luminaria, Diane Duin; Smart Shops, Mary Merrigan; Prizes, Paula Verzani; Survivors, Joanne Tieman; Honorary Survivor Chair, Barbara Johnson; Team Recruitment, Dylan Fischbach (with help from his parents); Publicity, Ruth Bylander; Food, Gerri Dooley; Entertainment, Dawn Jensen; Registration, Kate Amundsen; and American Cancer Society, Carl Hardy.
Mary Mock is president and Barb Kronaizl is treasure of the Clay County Area chapter of the American Cancer Society.