Finish Line event raises $13,000

Finish Line event raises $13,000 The Clay County American Cancer Society reached the "Finish Line" in style on Sunday, Feb. 20.

U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, himself a cancer survivor, and 14-year-old survivor Philip Munkvold led the way as 46 area cancer survivors opened the Finish Line (formerly the Relay For Life) with a victory walk around the track at the DakotaDome. Through the afternoon, more than 300 people took to the track after raising funds in the community for cancer education, patient and family assistance and cancer research. The community raised around $13,000.

"We are so proud," said Chair Janet Mount. "The Finish Line for a cure is a little closer."

The annual fundraiser featured hundreds from the community who walked around the track, which was lined with a poignant reminder: 426 luminarias either honoring cancer survivors or remembering those who have died.

Area entertainers kept things lively. Dozens of area businesses donated prizes and food for the event.

Major support included:

* Media Sponsors ($1,000) the Broadcaster/ Plain Talk and Mix 106.3 KVHT-FM.

* Major Corporate Sponsors ($1,000) Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

* Major Corporate Sponsors ($500) Clay County Abstract & Title Company, the Civic Council and Vermillion Medical Clinic.

* Corporate Sponsors ($250) Vermillion Federal Credit Union, Roy and Betsy Mortinsen, Rasmussen Motors and Wells Fargo Bank.

Other supporters included The Walking Billboard, Vermillion Printing & Graphics, and Pressing Matters. Special thanks also goes to Josette Lindahl for the handmade quilt that was raffled and Ron Lindahl for the handmade end table that was raffled.

Philip Munkvold, the honorary survivor chair for the event, organized the team that raised the most cash. Sherri Ellis was the biggest individual fund raiser and the Haille's Comets team won a prize for the best campsite/resting area.

The Finish Line was sponsored by community members, the USD "Planning Special Events" class of Dr. Patrick Wempe, and the Clay County American Cancer Society.

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