Make a difference at the Finish Line

Make a difference at the Finish Line Step up to the Finish Line. The annual Clay County fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will offer an exciting lineup of entertainment, a chance to win prizes, tributes to those who have battled cancer, and � most important � an opportunity to make a difference.

The Finish Line (formerly the Relay For Life) will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 at the DakotaDome.

According to the American Cancer Society, some 710,000 men and 662,000 women will be diagnosed with cancer this year in the United States. Some 500,000 die each year from cancer. You can do your part to help cancer patients and their families, educate people and support research. The donation is $10 to participate and everyone who raises $100 or more will get a free T-shirt.

Entertainment highlights include folk/pop singer Janae Sturma, who is a USD freshman; rides on vintage fire trucks in the parking lot courtesy of Ron Lindahl (weather permitting); a USD students' barbershop quartet; dancers; and musicians.

The event begins with the ROTC Color Guard and the The Star Spangled Banner performed by Amy White. Then U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, himself a cancer survivor, will join in opening ceremonies and the Survivors' Victory Walk around the track. The community will take to the track for the the rest of the event, with time for lunch, learning more about cancer and door prizes.

Noon � Color Guard; Opening ceremonies with Sen. Tim Johnson.

12:30 p.m. � Mark Winegar and Dennis Nelsen.

1 p.m. � Janae Sturma.

1:30 p.m. � Fire truck rides (weather permitting).

1:30 p.m. � Just Cuz.

2 p.m. � Wilson King.

2:30 p.m. � Charles and Casey.

3 p.m. � Poison Stream band performance.

4 p.m. � Heather's Hi Steppers.

For kids who don't want to take to the track, the Children's Corner will offer a wide variety of activities from drawing to coloring and more.

The Finish Line (formerly the Relay For Life) is sponsored by community members, the USD Planning Special Events class of Dr. Patrick Wempe, and the Clay County American Cancer Society.

To participate in the Finish Line, community members can form teams and raise money from family, friends, neighbors � anyone who wants to contribute. The team fee is $10 per team member. Individuals can raise money and participate, too. The fee is $10 per person. Every person � team member or individual � who raises $100 or more will get a T-shirt. Top fundraisers earn prizes donated by Vermillion and Clay County businesses.

To get more information on forming teams and raising funds, call Janet Mount at 677-5214.

Another way to raise funds and honor those who have battled cancer is to donate $5 for a luminaria. Luminarias are lighted paper bags that bear the name of someone who has survived cancer or someone who has died from cancer.

The Finish Line will close with a reading of the names as everyone walks around the track. To donate money for luminarias, you can stop by the Vermillion Federal Credit Union, 105 E. Cherry St. Luminarias can be purchased at the event, as well.

For the first time, the Finish Line will feature a raffle, tickets $2 each or 3 for $5. The prizes are a star quilt handmade and donated by Josette Lindahl and a dropleaf end table made and donated by Ron Lindahl. Tickets are available at the Credit Union.

Corporate sponsors are still needed. Those who donate $250 and more will be honored via Finish Line T-shirts, posters and publicity. Call Wess Pravecek at 677-6418 for more information.

To date, Media Sponsors ($1,000) include the Broadcaster/ Plain Talk and Mix 106.3 KVHT-FM. Major Corporate Sponsors include ($1,000) Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center, and ($500) Clay County Abstract & Title Company, the Civic Council and Vermillion Medical Clinic. Corporate Sponsors ($250) are the Vermillion Federal Credit Union, Roy and Betsy Mortinsen, Rasmussen Motors and Wells Fargo Bank.

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