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Party in the Park(ing) Lot

2019 Party in the Park

Champlin Mann Theater

Join in the fun to celebrate Rein in Sarcoma’s 21st Party in the Park! This year, the event is named Party in the Park(ing) Lot and will take place at the CHAMPLIN Mann Movie theater. The space will allow us to maintain COVID-19 protocols while allowing us to gather and connect. Come early to participate in the red carpet experience, including:

  • Photo booth
  • Silent auction
  • Street entertainment
  • Face-painting
  • Luminaries
  • Art activities
  • Indoor concession stand
  • Sponsor and resource booths
  • Merchandise
  • Games
  • Community program

We’ll end the evening with a great current-release, family-friendly movie. Save the date on your calendar – we’ll keep you posted on event details and registration on our website and RIS social media.

Event Details

*Look for a formal agenda and registration link in the next month.

When: Saturday, July 24, 2021

Where: Mann Theater — 11500 Theater Drive N. #2749 Champlin, MN 55316


6:30 p.m. to Dusk — Community activities

8:45 p.m. — Event program

9:00-10:30 p.m. — Family-friendly drive-in movie (current release)

If you are interested in helping us with this event please email

Volunteer Spotlight – Michelle Kolling

Michelle Kolling

Michelle Kolling has worn many hats as a valued member of the Rein in Sarcoma community. Not only is Michelle a current RIS Board Member, but she has served as Red Flags Education Committee Co-Chair, and as a member of the strategic planning committee. Most recently, Michelle has focused her RIS volunteer time on patient and family support. She also shares her talents with RIS on special projects and events.

Michelle lost her husband, Brett Dale, to Ewing Sarcoma in 2011. Her work with RIS began after his death to find meaning for herself, and she now focuses on giving back and helping others find meaning in their sarcoma journey. Michelle is an INELDA-trained end-of-life doula and founder of HELD. While serving as a caregiver to her husband, she came to understand the transformational possibilities of being deeply present in the end-of-life experience. Michelle used this personal experience and training to lead the RIS 2021 Winter Gathering with fellow board member and long-time sarcoma survivor Lisa Griebel. The patient and family engagement event was extremely well received – you can view it on the RIS YouTube channel.

We are so fortunate to have Michelle share her time and talents with the RIS community. Michelle cites working with the Jan Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars and Party in the Park as some of her favorite volunteer projects, but there are so many more opportunities with RIS that she enjoys.  “Rein in Sarcoma keeps giving me opportunities to give back in more ways than I ever thought possible. My gratitude is deep.”

The entire RIS community is so appreciative of Michelle’s leadership and experience. Her passion for finding a cure for sarcoma is inspiring. It is so fitting that when asked what she enjoys about volunteering with RIS, Michelle shares: “As much as I have hope for a day when RIS is no longer needed as an organization, I am so heartened when someone in need of a community finds us. The talents, wisdom and hearts run deep in this organization, and so much of what we do is fueled with gratitude. I have learned so much working with other volunteers and leaders over the years. It’s a special place.”

Michelle will be co-facilitating a six-week free bereavement offering by Sholom Johnson Hospice via Zoom Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm May 5, 2021 through June 9, 2021. Find more details and registration information in the flyer below.


Garden of Hope - 2021 flyer

Sip & Strategize Update

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Thank you again to those who were able to join our Sip & Strategize volunteer networking event in January! It was a great opportunity to connect with other RIS community members and share ideas for growing the mission. We compiled the feedback from the event and want to share it with those who were not able to attend. We are looking forward to hosting another event, and hearing everyone’s feedback and ideas!

Interested in volunteering or have feedback to share? Contact Katy Engelby at or check out our volunteer opportunities.

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