What a great evening of stories, music, conversation, learning, games, fun and inspiration. The 2019 Party in the Park was an opportunity for the Rein in Sarcoma community to come together to advance the mission to raise sarcoma awareness, provide patient and family support, and support sarcoma research. Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, and contributed to the event’s success!
Sarcoma Family Picnic
The festivities kicked off with the annual Sarcoma Family Picnic, sponsored by the University of Minnesota, and supported through a substantial in-kind-gift from D'Amico Catering. New connections were formed among a community joined together by personal connection to sarcoma. As the picnic closed, the "Dirty Shorts Brass Band" entertained the crowd and led them up the hill to the Cafesjian Carousel for the Tribute ride.
The opening program, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic, celebrated the progress of the organization, the generosity of sponsors, and the contributions of medical and research teams. Rein in Sarcoma Board President, Blake Hastings, thanked our corporate sponsors: Walser-Subaru, Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota Cancer Care, CBRE, Bayer, Ergodyne, Minnesota Oncology, Health Partners, and D'Amico Catering. Mayo Clinic and Rein in Sarcoma board member, Dr. Scott Okuno, introduced doctors and researchers from the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Regions Hospital (HealthPartners).
Party Co-Chairs, Amy Hoban and Allison Mulcahy welcomed everyone and introduced local musicians Rachael Kroog and Ann Michels who opened the program with "Lean on Me."
Children and Family Activities
Family fun is a hallmark of the Party in the Park and this year's Party continued that grand tradition. The large inflatable obstacle course and the Froggy Bounce house were a big hit, as were the super heroes and princesses.
Sarcoma Corner highlighted the stories of hope from sarcoma survivors and honored the memories of those lost to sarcoma. Nearby, the attendees could view the Named Fund photos displayed in a beautiful tribute as well as learn about our educational programs at the Red Flags of Sarcoma exhibit, and meet our 2019-2020 Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars.
Support the RIS Mission, Support for Patients and Families
There were fun opportunities to help support the RIS mission - the ever popular Ring Toss, Silent Auction, Raffle, RIS Merchandise, Concessions, and Massage. Several cancer advocacy groups were added this year offering services, free items, and support to the Rein in Sarcoma community.
Closing Program and Ceremony
Sponsored by Mayo Clinic and emceed by Dr. Scott Okuno.
Our recently named 2019-2020 Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars were introduced by Dr. Katie Dusenbery and Dr. Okuno. Read more about the new scholars.
Janelle Calhoun, RIS Executive Director, led the dedication of two new RIS Named Funds, telling the impactful sarcoma stories of Bob Anderson and Sara Christensen. In addition, 31 continuing named funds were recognized. Learn more about RIS Named Funds and the persons honored.
Miranda Mead and Kraig Kuusinen, both sarcoma survivors, read the name of sarcoma survivor or those lost to sarcoma who were honored by each luminary. These candles filled our evening with a special brightness that comes from the love, compassion and joyful memories we hold for our family members and friends with sarcoma cancer. Rachael, Ann and their band then brought the evening to a close, accompanying the fire twirlers Mr. Fun and Chloe with Funtime Funktions with a rousing performance of “Ring of Fire”, “Burning Love” and “Great Balls of Fire.”
Our thanks to the over 150 Party in the Park volunteers and volunteer manager, Nancy Hendrickson. A special thanks to Co-chairs, Amy Hoban and Allison Mulcahy, and the incredible work of Pat Minor and his family and friends in coordinating and orchestrating the logistics of this amazing evening.
2019 Party in the Park Slideshow
Our great thanks to our 2019 Party photographers: Karen Eckman, Colleen McDonald, Bill Donovan, Ruth Hoban, Yatharth Sharma, and videographer, Marty Turner. Relive the Picnic and Party and download your favorites.