Family Fun Night planned at Vermillion’s pool July 16

Family Fun Night planned at Vermillion's pool July 16
Free fun, games and prizes are planned at the Prentis Park Pool in Vermillion from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday, July 16.

Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center, teaming with the American Cancer Society, is hosting Family Fun Night at the pool, open to the public � everyone is welcome!

The event will start with open swimming at 6 p.m. Pool games, along with a money dive, begin at 6:30 p.m. Another very special part of the evening will be the launch of American Cancer Society balloons at 7:45 p.m.

"It's a natural partnership and we are excited to host again," says Mary Merrigan, SVVMC public relations director, of the co-sponsorship of the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center and the American Cancer Society. "This will be the second year for this event. The combination of a family event and the opportunity to promote awareness, along with the ACS balloon launch will make the evening very special for all who attend."

The ACS balloon launch at 7:45 p.m. will feature balloons labeled in memory or in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer. A $1 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 compete between departments to raise balloon donations for the launch to honor staff members, their families and friends who have struggled with cancer.

"We had such fun last year with the pool games and launching over 300 balloons," said event organizer Laura Crosley, student health coordinator at Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic. "This year we intend to honor any cancer survivors who can attend our launch ceremony."

Lindsey Holmquest, American Cancer Society representative, said, "ACS needs to have a presence in Vermillion besides during the Relay For Life/Finish Line event and the Daffodil Days, because it's important to promote cancer awareness year round. We are 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. The American Cancer Society will have a display promoting a tobacco-free lifestyle and education about skin cancer prevention. USD Nursing Students and BREATHE USD, an organization that promotes tobacco education at USD, will also be assisting with the event.

Special thanks go to the Vermillion Parks and Recreation Department for allowing free admission and to the Prentis pool staff for organizing the pool competitions for this event.

Thank you to the following businesses who donated prizes: Jones' Food Center, McDonald's, Never Never Land, Pamida, Vermillion Federal Credit Union, Wells Fargo Bank, Western Office Plus (Yankton), Wal-Mart and The University of South Dakota.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the American Cancer Society for this event may contact Merrigan at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center, 605-638-8461.

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