2017 Party in the Park Program

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Monday, July 24, 2017
Como Park, St Paul
6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Rein in Sarcoma's 17th annual "Party in the Park" will be a magical evening of great music, entertainment and family fun. This year's "Party in the Park"  will feature unlimited carousel rides, continuous entertainment, a large and unique silent auction and many children’s activities. Rein in Sarcoma not only raises funds to benefit sarcoma cancer 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.

Sarcoma Family Picnic
Sarcoma Family Picnic  4:30 - 6:00 pm - Sponsored by D'Amico Catering  Damico_Catering_Logo-2

Just prior to main event, RIS and D'Amico Catering will host a free picnic for sarcoma patients, survivors, loved ones and for those who have lost a loved one to sarcoma. We are excited again to have D'Amico Catering as our Picnic and Food sponsor; they will be preparing an amazing picnic meal for all of us! Advanced registration is required.

Location: Como Park - East Picnic Pavilions

Rein in Sarcoma 2017 Party in the Park Program 6:00 - 9:30 pm

We're excited about the improvements being completed at Como Park between the Visitor Center and Cafesjian's Carousel, just in time for this year's event. We'll soon be updating the map of Party in the Park event layout.

Location: For a Map of Como Park, Click here

Coming soon: Party in the Park Program pdf for download.

Entertainment - Main RIS Entertainment Stage (Continuous live entertainment)

6:00 - 6:30 pm and 7:00 - 9:15 pm

Dirty Shorts Brass BandDIRTY SHORTS BRASS BAND will give us a taste of New Orleans Dixieland. Dirty Shorts isDirty Shorts Brass Band 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. See the Dirty Shorts Brass Band in action. Performing, strolling and leading picnic attendees to the party, and again at 7:15 p.m. on RIS the Main Entertainment stage.

The Opening and Closing Program is presented by:         MHealth_CancerCare_4C_SM_May14

Rein in Sarcoma Official Welcome Festivities - On Main Entertainment Stage
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Hear announcements and greetings from RIS leadership and physicians. Learn about the Rein In Sarcoma Foundation and our accomplishments. Listen as a Sarcoma survivor tells their story. Join us in celebrating the RIS Red Flags of Sarcoma Educational Campaign.

Erin Schwab, photo by Dan Brakke

Erin Schwab, photo by Dan Brakke

Opening and Closing on the Main Stage: Erin Schwab and the Jay Fuchs Band
Local singer/actor/entertainer will perform during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Erin Schwab is a local Twin Cities artist known for her versatile voice and engaging style with her audiences. She recently starred in "Judy! You Bette! Judy Garland and Bette Midler Classics", as part of the Capri Theater's Legends series. Erin is a regular on KMSP's The Jason Show, performs at the Ordway Center and Oscar's Gelato Micro Creamery, and is a voice faculty member at McNally Smith College of Music. She has performed at a variety of Twin Cities theaters and nightclubs including Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Theater Latte Da, Honey, Crooner's Lounge and Supper Club and toured nationally with School House Rock Live!


RIS Food Concession - Next to the Carousel 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy ice cream, soda, water, D'Amico sandwiches, chips and more at the RIS Food Concession Stand.

Free Family Activities - Along Sarcoma Avenue 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Children's Arcade

Child on Carousel

Moon Walk
Mr. Fun
Golf Putting
Arcade Games
Glitter Ink Tattos
Face Painting

Children's Arcade

The Royal Sisterhood - - For the first time, three princesses from The Royal Sisterhood will be joining us for the Party. They will be be available to meet and take pictures with the kids.

Wellness Center - Therapeutic Massage - Main sidewalk 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Take a break and relax with a massage or even get a haircut! (all proceeds benefit RIS)

Sarcoma Corner - Main Sidewalk in front of Visitor Center
6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Sarcoma CornerHere you will find powerful storyboards of people from all walks of life affected by sarcoma. University of Minnesota sarcoma doctors and researchers and our "Red Flags of Sarcoma" Committee will be on hand to answer your questions 6:15 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

You'll want to be sure to spend some time with the Canine Sarcoma Survivors, presented by the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Science. Look for these special dogs and the veterinarian staff just east of Sarcoma Corner.

Sun Flower Shoppes - in front of Visitor Center & in front of the Carousel
Featuring Rein in Sarcoma merchandise: T-Shirts, polos, tank tops, cards and sunglasses. Other items include children's toys and Willow Creek Angels.

Rein in Sarcoma Photo Booth - In front of the Carousel
Have fun getting your photo with friends and family. There will be a variety of props to spur your imagination.

Rein In Sarcoma Silent Auction - Visitor Center Porch 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Party in the Park Silent AuctionOver 200 eclectic 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 will be available before the auction, along with the ability to begin bidding on-line prior to the event.

Auction Check-Out 8:45 pm - 9:30 pm Visitor Center Porch


Eric Skogman Ring Toss - Visitor Center Porch (6:15 - 8:15 pm)
Test your skill at throwing rings and claim your prize at this fun event for people 21 or older.

RIS Family Stage - Visitor Center Atrium 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

David Wallbridge - The Big Fun ShowThe 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:

David Wallbridge - "The Big Fun Show!"   Two shows - 6:30 pm and 7:30
Dave Walbridge, Mr. Big Fun himself is great family entertainment. His show is a comedy juggling, magic, modern vaudeville, one-man circus event. We guarantee you’ll be asking for more!


Sarcoma Garden of Hope - Along Sarcoma Avenue (6:00 - 8:30 pm)
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.

Sarcoma Garden of Hope

Carousel Rider


The Tribute Carousel Ride 6:55 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 pm - 9:00 pm
Enjoy unlimited rides on the beautifully restored Cafesjian's Carousel with 68 magnificent horses and carriages. Handicapped accessible.

Grand Prize Raffle Drawing - Main Stage 8:20 pm
Raffle Tickets are $5.00 per ticket over $5,000 in prizes, including a week at a Big Sky Montana condo, ann Oris Swiss automatic men's watch - Continental Diamond, $1,000 in cash, or an Amazon Echo. Winner need not be present to win. Learn more.

The 2017 RIS Raffle Drawing is presented by:         BuildingArtsLogo_4

Closing Ceremony - Main Stage 8:20 pm - 9:15 pm
Sponsored by Cancer Care - University of Minnesota Health

Ed ChangHosted by Dr. Ed Chang - Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of University of Minnesota’s Adult Reconstructive Fellowship Program. He received his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School and did his residency at several Boston area hospitals including Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital. Dr. Chang completed orthopaedic oncology fellowships at Massachusetts General and Children's Hospitals in Boston before joining the University of Minnesota as the Mairs Family Professor endowed chair. He has been active with Rein in Sarcoma, serving as a charter RIS Board member and on the Medical Advisory Board members. Dr. Chang was integral in connecting RIS to the upcoming Chainbreaker Ride; he will be riding as part of Team Sarcoma - all proceeds to go towards RIS funded research at the University of Minnesota.

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 honoring sarcoma survivors, patients and those lost to sarcoma, performed by Erin Schwab
  • A reading of sarcoma survivors, patients, and those lost to sarcoma.
  • Luminary Lighting - Special music by Erin Schwab

You may register for a luminary to honor a sarcoma patient or survivor, or in memory of a sarcoma patient. You have the opportunity to create a luminary at the picnic and at the Conservatory until 8:30 that will be displayed and lit with a candle to honor or in memory of someone. The names of the luminary dedications will be read during this closing ceremony.

Party in the Park is Presented by

Walser Subaru

Co-Sponsored by


Mayo Clinic




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Restoration Professionals logo

Click on logos above to learn more about our wonderful 2017 Sponsors!

We thank our 2017 Party in the Park In-Kind Sponsors

Cafesjian's Carousel logo

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Stagetime Productions logo

Walgreens logo

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AV for You logo

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