Family Fun Night is July 24 at the Vermillion pool

Family Fun Night is July 24 at the Vermillion pool Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center, teaming with the American Cancer Society, is hosting Family Fun Night, featuring fun, games and prizes at the Prentis Park Pool in Vermillion from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday, July 24.

Family Fun Night is free and open to the public – everyone is welcome! The event will start with open swim at 6 p.m. Pool games and a money dive begin at 6:30 p.m. Another very special part of the evening will be a launch of American Cancer Society balloons at 7:45 p.m.

The co-sponsorship of Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center and the American Cancer Society is �a natural partnership,� said Mary Merrigan, SVVMC public relations director. �The Sioux Valley Vermillion Wellness Committee wanted to sponsor a fun summer event and promote awareness at the same time. The combination of a family event and the ACS balloon launch will make the evening very special for all who attend.�

The ACS balloon launch will feature balloons tagged with the name of someone who has been touched by cancer. Tags are pre-addressed so that, if found, the tag can be returned to SVVMC by mail and the balloon�s progress can be tracked.

A $2 donation for each balloon will benefit the American Cancer Society. Balloon donations can be made Sunday night before the launch. SVVMC has challenged its employees to sponsor 100 balloons for the launch to honor staff members, their families and friends who have struggled with cancer.

�We have 500 balloons available for the launch. I would love to run out of balloons and have to organize another launch,� said event organizer Laura Crosley, Student Health coordinator at Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic.

�ACS wanted to have a presence in Vermillion besides the Relay for Life/Finish Line and the Daffodil Days,� said Emily Maresh, American Cancer Society representative. �It�s important to promote cancer awareness year-round. We were excited that Sioux Valley Vermillion contacted us to be involved in the Family Fun Night.�

In addition to the games and balloon launch, the evening will also be informational. SVVMC will have free Summer Safety Guides on hand for all attendees and the ACS will have a display promoting a tobacco-free lifestyle.

A special thanks to the Vermillion Parks and Recreation Department for allowing free admission and to the pool staff for organizing the pool competitions for this event. Appreciation is also extended to the following businesses who donated prizes: Never Never Land, First Dakota National Bank, Willson Florist, Vermillion Federal Credit Union, Chiropractic Holistic � Wellness Center, Jones� Food Center, Basin Electric Power Cooperative � Spirit Mound Station, State Rep. Donna Schafer, Cherry Street Grille, Fox�s Pizza Den, Texas Roadhouse and the Silver Dollar Restaurant.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the American Cancer Society for this event may contact Crosley at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center, 605-638-8279.

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