Party in the Park Planning “Kicks Off”

Summit Brewery

Brewery Tour

Summit Brewery graciously hosted our Party in the Park Kickoff planning meeting in their rathskeller. Attendees enjoyed social time with a tour of brewery and a pint of root beer or a Summit beer, and food from the Signatures food truck. Chef Derek Grams cooked and donated a portion of earnings towards our work.

To inspire and remind attendees of the impact of their volunteer efforts, Robert Gao, Sarcoma Scholar alum and third year medical student specializing in radiation oncology shared progress on the Hallie Anne Brown Education Initiative. Robert has been working with the RIS/Health Partners/Regions steering team on a pilot project with the goal of using the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system to improve sarcoma diagnosis speed and accuracy resulting in improved sarcoma patient outcomes. Robert analyzed diagnostic codes and physician’s notes to find the most frequent signs, symptoms and phrases which eventually became a soft tissue sarcoma diagnosis. This analysis will be used to modify the EMR system to alert physicians to the potential of a sarcoma tumor, and communicate the proper way to image, biopsy, and diagnose or rule out sarcoma.

Robert Gao

Robert Gao - Education Initiative update

Event Chair, Frank Miske III

2018 Party in the Park Chair - Frank Miske

Frank Miske, our Event Chair, ‘kicked off’ the official Party in the Park planning. In addition to being a long time RIS PR – Marketing Committee member, Frank has planned and participated in Twin Cities fundraising events for local food shelves, veterans, and students. We are excited to tap his experience and insight. Frank introduced the Party Leadership team, as each lead had a chance to share the activities of their sub-committee. Sub-committees are: Logistics, Picnic, Registration, Merchandise, Raffle, Auction, Marketing, Volunteer Coordination, Luminaries, Concessions, Ring Toss and Garden of Hope. To highlight a few areas:

Jason Patalonis returns with gusto as the Auction Manager. He offered several opportunities to work together on solicitation of auction items. He encouraged us all to consider our networks and possibilities for items. Each item you donate or solicit benefits RIS’s mission research, education, and patient support. Please use the gift-in-kind form with all donated items. The Auction team is also looking for tech savvy volunteers (good with mobile apps) to help attendees place their bids and check-out once they’ve won. Contact Jason if you are interested in helping with the auction.

Sarina Morrison heads the RIS Raffle, sponsored by Ergodyne. Prizes for 2018 include a Montana Big Sky Condo, $1,000 cash and a Nintendo Switch gaming system. Help us fundraise by selling raffle tickets. Tickets will be available at the All Hands Meeting on Monday, April 23. We will also have raffle tickets at the RIS office; call 763-205-1467 or contact Sarina.

Valeria Lopez, our talented graphic designer and Marketing Committee Chair will unveil the 2018 Party in the Park poster design at the June 11 All Hands meeting. Come to the meeting and help distribute posters throughout the Twin Cities. It takes a community to produce the Party in the Park.

Party in the Park Kickoff

2018 Kickoff planning


We would love to have you join the Party in the Park planning effort - join us at the April 23 All Hands Meeting at Sunrise Bank Corporate Headquarters, 2525 Wabash Street, St Paul. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize - the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP so we can plan snacks. Any questions, please contact Frank Miske.