Sarcoma Cancer is a rare disease, often misdiagnosed, often afflicting children and young adults.
The Karen Wyckoff Sarcoma Foundation is dedicated to Sarcoma Cancer research, support and education...and the fight to find a cure.

Party in the Park 2013 Program

2013 RIS Party Logo

When: Monday, July 22, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm

Where: Cafesjian’s Carousel & Como Park Visitors Center, St. Paul


Suggested Donations:

Individual: $15.00 or more!

Family: $20.00 (more is greatly appreciated.)


Pre-Registration is now closed. You are welcome to join us and donate at the Party!

Our 13th annual "Party in the Park"will be a magical evening of great music, entertainment and family fun.  Rein in Sarcoma 2013 will feature unlimited carousel rides, continuous entertainment, a large and unique Silent Auction and children’s activities. Rein in Sarcoma not only raises funds to benefit sarcoma cancers research and physician education, but it is also intended to provide hope and relief for patients and their families from the isolation of these rare and dangerous cancers.

Map of Party in the Park Event Grounds

Sarcoma Family Picnic  4:30 - 6:00 pm - Sponsored by American Family Insurance2011 RIS Picnic

Just prior to main event, RIS and American Family Insurance will host a free picnic for sarcoma patients, survivors, loved ones and for those who have lost a loved one to sarcoma. For the sixth consecutive year, American Family Insurance is sponsoring our picnic. Advanced registration is required.

Location: the East Picnic Grounds


Rein in Sarcoma 2013 Program 6:00 - 9:30 pm



Thanks to our 2013 Corporate Sponsors

Gold Ring Sponsors

Silver Ring Sponsors

 American Family Insurance Building Arts Ruth Bachman

Brass Ring Sponsors

 Fairview  Thrivent Financial  Children's Hospitals and Clinics
 University of MN Physicans  Minneapolis Radiation Oncology  Park Midway Bank
Click on logos above to learn more about our wonderful 2013 Sponsors!


6:30 pm -  Rein in Sarcoma Official Welcome Festivities - On Main Entertainment Stage - Sponsored by Fairview and the University of Minneosota Physicians

Announcements and greetings from RIS leadership and physicians. Learn about the Karen Wyckoff Rein In Sarcoma Foundation and our accomplishments. Join us in celebrating the inauguration of the RIS Red Flags of Sarcoma Educational Campaign (see belwo).


Entertainment - Main RIS Entertainment Stage (Continuous live entertainment)
(6:00 - 6:30 pm and 7:15 - 9:15 pm) 


8:40 - 9:30 pm - Finale and Closing Ceremony - "A Touch of Class"

Touch of Class

A Touch of Class is a unique entertainment ensemble combining lush harmonies with broad, whimsical humor to add a memorable glow to a special event.


Performing 9:00 - 9:15 with Illumination Fire Troupe



  Dirty Shorts Brass BandDirty Shorts Brass Band

Dirty ShortsDIRTY SHORTS BRASS BAND will give us a taste of New Orleans Dixieland. Dirty Shorts is a Minnesota original. They are a six piece New Orleans style brass band, playing everything from rock n' roll to swing. People can't help but get up and dance, march, or do whatever the music moves them to do. To see the Dirty Shorts Brass Band in action, click here. Performing 5:50 - 6:30 pm strolling and leading picnic attendees to event and again later in the evening on RIS Main Entertainment stage.

RIS Food Concession - Next to the Carousel (6:00 - 9:00 ) - Sponsored by Sunrise Banks

Enjoy ice cream, soda, water, sub-way sandwiches, chips and more at the RIS Food Concession Stand. 

Children's ArcadeFree Family Activities - Along Sarcoma Avenue   - Sponsored by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Moon Walk      6:00 - 9:00

Face Painting   6:15 - 8:15

Bubbles           6:15 - 8:30

Mr Fun             6:30 - 8:15

Golf Putting      6:00 - 9:00 (with great prizes for winners)

Arcade Games 6:00 - 8:30

Chair Massages and Haircuts - All Proceeds to RIS!



Sarcoma Corner - Main Sidewalk in front of Visitor Center - (6:00 - 9:00)

    • Co-sponsored by the RIS William Clemens, Brett Dale, and Laura Zeccardi Named Funds

Sarcoma Garden of Hope

Featuring information about sarcoma cancers, story boards of persons affected by sarcoma, RIS Sarcoma banner. University of Minnesota sarcoma doctors and researchers will be on hand to answer your questions (6:15-8:45).

Mini-Medical School - Discover how you can attend the fourth University Mini-Medical School (scheduled for next February) designed exclusively for lay people who are interested in sarcoma cancers.


Red Flags Red Flags of Sarcoma to be featured

Our new Eductational Campaign will be featured at this year's Party in the Park. Including the introdcution of our Medcial Advisory Team, a presentation of our new Video "From Never Heard of it to We Caught it Early" as well as professional and consumer educational materials. The Red Flags Campaign is cooperative venture of Rein in Sarcoma, the University of Minnesota, The Mayo Clinic, Children's Hospitals and Clinics. The program will be featured during the opening program at 6:30 pm. Learn more...


Sun Flower Shoppes - Visitor Center Entrance & In front of the Carousel

 Featuring Rein in Sarcoma merchandise: T-Shirts, wristbands, posters, stationery, and the official Rein in Sarcoma Coffee Mugs available in both 11 oz. and 15 oz. sizes. Other items include “Groovy Girls,” Willow Creek Angels, as well as “Sarcoma Knows No Borders” wristbands. Some items can be ordered on this website. Click here for additional information.  

Rein In Sarcoma Silent Auction - Visitor Center Porch (6:00 - 8:15) 
Silent Auctionsponsored by the RIS Andrea Pomeroy Named Fund

Over 350 exotic and wonderful items to bid on in our best ever RIS Silent Auction, located at the air conditioned Visitor Center Porch. A catalog of auction items including some you can bid on-line is available before the Auction. Click here to learn more.  


Ring Toss at 2012 PartyEric Skogman Ring Toss - Visitor Center Porch  (6:00 - 8:15) sponsored by the RIS Eric Skogman, Mud Dog Named Fund

Test your skill at trowing rings and claim your prize at this fun event for person 21 or older.

Auction Check-Out     -    8:45 - 9:45 Visitor Center Porch


RIS Family Stage - Visitor Center Atrium (7:00 - 8:30)

The RIS Family stage will feature great entertainment for children throughout the evening. Located close to the Silent Auction, this is the perfect spot to have your kids entertained while you bid for the cause! Performing this year:

Brian RichardsBrian RichardsBrian Richards
- Sponsored by the RIS Anna Rogotzke Named Fund 

Minnesota magician, Brian Richards has been making family & school events entertaining and educationally significant since 1989. In addition to helping kids have fun while learning Brian is also a part-time firefighter in his city. Brian specializes in making our events family friendly, educationally significant, entertaining and fun. He’s a specialist. Brian uses incredible magic, clean comedy, and tons of audience participation. Learn more about Brian..


Kid Power with RachelRachel Kroog Performing

Kidpower with Rachael -   Rachael got her start performing throughout Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom singing and dancing and also played the part of Mary Poppins and Pluto during the Mickey Mouse Parade. Rachael will wow you with her unique blend of interactive guitar music, comedy, cartoon impressions and juggling.  Learn more about Rachel...


Sarcoma Garden of Hope - Along Sarcoma Avenue (6:15 - 8:15)  Garden of Hope

    • Co-sponsored by the RIS Beverly Sue Osterman and the Jackie Middleton Named Funds

Build a bird feeder with Elpis Enterprises! Create Sunflowers. Make paper sunflower hats. The Sunflower is the national symbol for finding a cure for sarcoma cancers. 

The Tribute Carousel Ride (6:50 pm) 

The evening's first ride will be reserved for sarcoma patients and survivors as they ride in support of cures for sarcoma cancers.

Carousel Rides - Cafesjian's Carousel (7:00 - 9:00)Carousel Rider 2012

Ride on Cafesjian's Carousel Get in line for unlimited rides on the beautifully restored Cafesjian's Carousel with 68 magnificent horses and carriages. Handicapped accessible

Book Signing - "Growing Through the Narrow Spots"

Ruth Bachman, speaker, advocate, sarcoma survivor, and author of Growing Through the Narrow Spots will be signing her new book. All book sales proceeds will benefit RIS. Learn more...

Wellness Center - Therapeutic Massage - Main sidewalk  (6:00 - 9:15)

Take a break and relax with a massage or even get a haircut!  (all proceeds benefit RIS)

Grand Prize Raffle Drawing - Main Stage (8:30) - Sponsored by Building Arts

Raffle Tickets are $5.00 per ticket over $4,000 in prizes, Including A Montana Big sky Vacation, $1,000 in cash, the new Third Generation Apple IPad. Winner need not be present to win. Learn more, Click here.

Closing Ceremony - Main Stage and Visitor Center Moat  (8:45 - 9:30)

Sponsored by Fairview and the University of Minneosota Physicians

Closing Ceremony 2011

The Closing Ceremony is a time of Remembrance and Celebration. Luminarias will be lit and will line the moat in front of the Visitor Center.

  • New RIS Named Tribute and Memorial Funds will be honored and all named funds recognized. 
  • Special music and images honoring sarcoma survivors, patients and those lost to sarcoma.
  • Edward Greeno, MDA reading of sarcoma survivors, patients, and those lost to sarcoma
  • Luminary Lighting - sponsored by the RIS Katelyn Jurek Named Fund
  • Special music by  "A Touch of Class"
  • Host: Edward Greeno, MD - Medcial Director of the Masonic Cancer Clinic and the Fairview Oncology line

You may register for a luminary to honor a sarcoma patient or survivor, or in memory of a sarcoma patient at the closing ceremony table located just outside of the visitor center's entrance or at the picnic preceding the Party in the Park.

We thank our 2013 Party in the Park In-Kind Sponsors

Choice CommunicationsCafesjians CarouselCutsom Business FormsAAgesenManhatten Toy

Stagetime ProductionsApresGraybow Communications


Location: For a Map of Como Park, Click here