Thank you, thank you one and all for an amazing year of fundraising for Rein in Sarcoma!
We had the largest and most successful Party in the Park ever this past year with over $90,000 raised. Special thanks to all our sponsors and especially Walser Subaru Burnsville for becoming our Presenting Sponsor as well as committing to do so again in 2017. Thanks to Jeff Holmquist and his entire staff!
The Patient and Family Support Committee was able to raise over $5,000 through the annual Garage Sale. The funds are being used for “totes for hope” bags given to sarcoma patients during their hospitalization, as well as other support activities such as the Fall and Winter Gatherings.
RIS acknowledges with gratitude the special event fundraising activities managed by families and friends in honor of sarcoma patients, as well as named fund donations; these loving efforts brought in significant funds.
New in 2016, Rein in Sarcoma hosted our first ever fall formal fundraising event “Let’s Change the Story” which was a huge success generating over $112,000 towards our three initiatives Education, Patient and Family support and Research to improve treatments and find a cure. During this event we also announced the Hallie Anne Brown Educational Initiative made possible with a $100,000 gift from the Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation. It was a truly fantastic evening for a great cause.
We thank those who supported RIS with donations throughout 2016, with many of you giving again as the year came to a close. Challenge match donations from the Katherine B. Andersen foundation as well as several other anonymous matches increased the impact of your donations. Our Give to the Max goal of $20,000 was exceeded and our Year End Appeal threshold was also exceeded with nearly $33,000 raised.
None of these fundraising events could have been accomplished without everyone’s hard work and financial support. We hope to carry this momentum into 2017 with your support, to increase our impact on behalf of sarcoma patients and their families – your commitment and generosity are truly appreciated!