Focusing on the theme – “Let’s Change the Sarcoma Story” from “Never Heard of it” to “Caught it early”, Thursday, October 13th was an fabulous night for the Rein in Sarcoma Foundation! Over 180 RIS supporters gathered for an evening of fellowship, delicious food and a program filled with emotion and hope. We raised close to $100,000, including a $25,000 matching grant, to support RIS’ mission of education, patient/family support and medical research to enhance sarcoma diagnoses and treatments. The generosity of our guests and sponsors was amazing!
While socializing during the reception hour, guests bid on silent auction items, had their picture taken by Ideatap Studios and purchased a Box of Rocks, sponsored by Evergreene Jewelers (all but one box contained a pebble, the winning box a ½ carat diamond). Congratulations to Kathy Ford who bought the winning box.
Before dinner, Master of Ceremonies and sarcoma survivor Ruth Bachman entertained the guests with a humorous account of her life with one arm. Following dinner, Ruth got people on their feet to play Heads and Tails ($10 entry to win a cash prize) – after seven rounds of fun, Annette Bonaventura was the lucky winner. Dr. Katie Dusenbery then recounted the journey and accomplishments of Rein in Sarcoma over the past fifteen years. She was followed by Dr. Branden Moriarity, who described important sarcoma research at the University of Minnesota Medical School that has been funded by RIS. Recounting her daughter Jocelyn’s sarcoma story, Kayla Dickhoff moved and inspired the audience to answer the challenge to change the sarcoma story from “Never heard of it” to “Caught it early.”
Auctioneer Sarah Knox energized the room as she implored the crowd to raise their paddles to raise money to further Rein in Sarcoma’s mission. Sarah finished her money-raising efforts with a live auction of two vacation condos. RIS President Pete Wyckoff concluded the evening with the announcement of a very significant $100,000 grant from the The Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation, in Hallie Anne Brown’s name, which will fund a major education initiative. That initiative will begin with a pilot program run by Regions/Health Partners to educate health professionals about sarcoma. You can read more.
A special thanks goes out to our co-chairs for the event, Mike Trucano and Dr. Katie Dusenbery, for their leadership and support, to members of the planning committee for their hard work in bringing the event together, to RIS Director of Development Paul Giel, and to our dedicated volunteers, our Sarcoma Scholars, the Stagetime Productions team, auctioneer Sarah Knox and ClickBid experts, whose efforts produced a well-run, successful event. Finally, we acknowledge and thank the following sponsors and in-kind contributors for their generous support:
Corner Home Medical
The Luther Family Foundation
The Wasie Foundation
The Erickson Foundation and Holiday Station Stores
Mark Eggert and Macalaster College
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