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The Auction Committee needs YOU!

Silent Auction
We’ve already begun work to ensure a fantastic Silent Auction at the 2019 Party in the Park. The auction is a major component of the fundraising that occurs at Rein in Sarcoma’s signature event. There are many ways to get involved and participate to make the auction a success. A primary task is identifying and obtaining great items for the auction, so if you have a large social network, love personal interaction and aren’t afraid of rejection- this is for you.

We’ve put together resources on the types of auction items that do well and tools you’ll need to solicit auction donations, including an example solicitation letter and 2019 Gift-in-Kind form.

We also need people to request donations online from corporate sites – great if you want to contribute to the effort from home. Have savvy computer skills – we’d welcome you to work on printing display placards. We need volunteers to stage the auction before the event. And of course there is lots to do the day of the event, as we load and unload the auction truck, set up, run, and break down the auction. If you are interested or have questions please call Jason Patalonis at 651.221.0273 and bring a friend!

Want to work on auction item solicitation with others? Bring your laptop or other device and join our volunteer solicitation working groups – at the RIS Fridley Office:

Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Featured Volunteer Needs – March 2019

RIS Volunteers
RIS depends on volunteers to make our mission a reality. Current volunteer opportunities include:

Patient and Family Support Committee

Rein in Sarcoma is looking for compassionate volunteers to help us serve the needs of sarcoma patients and their loved ones. Our Patient and Family Support Committee reaches out to sarcoma patients and their loved ones by providing peer-to-peer mentoring, organizing social gatherings for those affected by sarcoma, providing totes of hope bags for newly diagnosed and relapsed sarcoma patients, and by providing informational notebooks to newly diagnosed sarcoma patients. This committee has monthly meetings and plans and attends several gatherings throughout the year. Next meeting is Tuesday, March 12.

For more information about this volunteer position contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 1 or by email.

Apply for this position at: New Volunteer Form

Red Flags Committee

The Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags Committee Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags committee is looking for additional committee members to work on a variety of education programs for healthcare professionals and the public. Program needs include writing, editing and presenting. Depending on the project, time commitment will vary. If interested, please contact Sue Wyckoff or Naomi Bowman.

For more information about this volunteer position contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 1 or by email.

Apply for this position at: New Volunteer Form

For more information about these volunteer positions contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 1 or by email.

Remembering Kevin and Perry…

RIS Fall Fundraiser - Kathleen and Perry Ford, Judy and Kevin O'Keefe

Kathleen and Perry Ford, Judy and Kevin O’Keefe (l to r) at the 2017 RIS Fall Fundraiser

“There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains.” Author Unknown

Rein in Sarcoma mourns the loss of two dear men from our community, Kevin O’Keefe, who passed away in January, and Perry Ford in February.

Kevin and Perry were active Rein in Sarcoma volunteers and committee members. These men advocated for improved outcomes in sarcoma treatments by way of their work in development, patient and family support, and community outreach. They organized fundraising events, supported peers in the sarcoma mentor program, spoke to medical professionals, and enriched our community with their positivity.

These men cared deeply about the Rein in Sarcoma mission and worked tirelessly to strengthen sarcoma education, support and research. As a community, we honor these men and celebrate their courage, tenacity, grit, humor and unending love. They were an inspiration to us all.

The Rein in Sarcoma community grieves with the O’Keefe and Ford families and hold you close to our hearts during this sorrowful time. We extend our gratitude to your families for sharing these wonderful men with us and commit to continue shining a light and advocating for improved outcomes, improved treatments, and cures for sarcoma.

– Vice President, Rein in Sarcoma – Lisa Griebel

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