2016 Party in the Park Program

2016 Party in the Park Banner

Monday, July 25, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Cafesjian’s Carousel & Como Park Visitors Center, St. Paul

Our 16th annual "Party in the Park" will be a magical evening of great music, entertainment and family fun. Rein in Sarcoma 2016 will feature unlimited carousel rides, continuous entertainment, a large and unique silent auction and children’s activities. Rein in Sarcoma not only raises funds to benefit sarcoma cancers research and physician education, but it is also intended to provide hope and relief for patients and their families from the isolation of these rare and dangerous cancers.

Map of Party in the Park Event Grounds

Sarcoma Family Picnic 4:30 - 6:00 pm - Sponsored by D'Amico Catering  Damico_Catering_Logo-2
Just prior to main event, RIS and D'Amico Catering will host a free picnic for sarcoma patients, survivors, loved ones and for those who have lost a loved one to sarcoma. We are excited again to have D'Amico Catering as our Picnic and Food sponsor who will be preparing an amazing picnic meal for all of us! Advanced registration is required.

Location: Como Park - East Picnic Pavilions

Click here to view and download a print copy of the Party in the Park Program

Party in the Park is Presented by

Walser Subaru

Co-Sponsored by


Mayo Clinic




Minnesota Oncology logo

Click on logos above to learn more about our wonderful 2016 Sponsors!

Rein in Sarcoma 2016 Program 6:00 - 9:30 pm

Entertainment - Main RIS Entertainment Stage (Continuous live entertainment)
6:00 - 6:30 pm and 7:00 - 9:15 pm

Dirty Shorts Brass BandDIRTY SHORTS BRASS BAND will give us a taste of New Orleans Dixieland. Dirty Shorts isDirty Shorts Brass Band a Minnesota original. They are a six piece, New Orleans style brass band, playing everything from rock n' roll to swing. People can't help but get up and dance, march, or do whatever the music moves them to do. To see the Dirty Shorts Brass Band in action, click here. Performing, strolling and leading picnic attendees to event and again at 7:15 p.m. on RIS the Main Entertainment stage.

The Opening and Closing Program is presented by:         MHealth_CancerCare_4C_SM_May14

Rein in Sarcoma Official Welcome Festivities - On Main Entertainment Stage
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Hear announcements and greetings from RIS leadership and physicians. Learn about the Rein In Sarcoma Foundation and our accomplishments. Listen as a Sarcoma survivor tells their story. Join us in celebrating the RIS Red Flags of Sarcoma Educational Campaign.

Kat PerkinsOpening and Closing on the Main Stage: Kat Perkins 
Semi-finalist on the The Voice season 6 will perform during the Opening and Closing Cermonies

Kat Perkins, originally from North Dakota, moved to the Twin Cities after high school and began working in Hey City Theater Productions. Perkins fronted Scarlet Haze, a band which opened for Bon Jovi in 2005 at Target Center. After a break from singing to heal her vocal cords, she traveled to the Middle East with other musicians to entertain American Military troops in 2013.  That same year Perkins was chosen to audition for The Voice season 6, reaching the semi-finals. Her 2014 single,  "Fearless" was inspired by her experience on The Voice.

Mark Wehner

Mark Wehner, a five-time sarcoma survivor, and high school music teacher will perform on the main stage at 8:00 p.m. The "Celebration of Life" event has been put on by Mark's former students since 2012 in Osseo, Wisconsin, to raise awareness of sarcoma and provide funding for RIS. He will perform the RIS favorite, "Campfire Blues."

The Main Entertainment Stage is presented by:  Mayo-clinic-logo2

RIS Food Concession - Next to the Carousel 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Enjoy ice cream, soda, water, D'Amico sandwiches, chips and more at the RIS Food Concession Stand.

Free Family Activities - Along Sarcoma AvenueChildren's Arcade
Moon Walk 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Bubbles 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Mr Fun 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Golf Putting 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm (with great prizes for winners)

Arcade Games 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Wellness Center - Therapeutic Massage - Main sidewalk 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Take a break and relax with a massage or even get a haircut! (all proceeds benefit RIS)

Sarcoma Corner - Main Sidewalk in front of Visitor Center
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sarcoma Corner

Featuring information about sarcoma cancers, storyboards of persons affected by sarcoma, RIS Sarcoma banner. University of Minnesota sarcoma doctors and researchers will be on hand to answer your questions 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm.

Sun Flower Shoppes - Visitor Center Entrance & In Front of the Carousel
Featuring Rein in Sarcoma merchandise: T-Shirts, wristbands, posters, stationery, and the official Rein in Sarcoma Coffee Mugs available in both 11 oz. and 15 oz. sizes. Other items include “Groovy Girls,” Willow Creek Angels, as well as “Sarcoma Knows No Borders” wristbands.

Rein In Sarcoma Silent Auction - Visitor Center Porch 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Auction2011-2Over 200 exotic and wonderful items to bid on in our best ever RIS Silent Auction, located at the air conditioned Visitor Center Porch. A catalog of auction items will be available before the auction, including some you can bid on-line. Introducing mobile bidding and checkout this year.

Auction Check-Out 9:00 pm - 9:45 pm Visitor Center Porch

Eric Skogman Ring Toss - Visitor Center Porch (6:15 - 8:15 pm)  Ring-Toss---IMG_1145
Test your skill at throwing rings and claim your prize at this fun event for people 21 or older.

RIS Family Stage - Visitor Center Atrium 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
The RIS Family stage will feature great entertainment for children throughout the evening. Located close to the Silent Auction, this is the perfect spot to have your kids entertained while you bid for the cause! Performing this year:

Jerry WenzelJerry Wenzel - "It’s Not Magic, It’s Science!"   Two shows - 6:30 pm and 7:30
Join wacky professor Jerry Wenzel and his grandson, gentle Genesis (a sarcoma survivor) as they demonstrate the magic of science. See water disappear, beach balls floating in air, tennis balls doing amazing things and much more! Join us for an evening of unforgettable science magic. We guarantee you’ll be asking for more!

Sarcoma Garden of Hope - Along Sarcoma Avenue (6:00 - 8:30 pm)Sarcoma Garden of Hope
Build a bird feeder with Elpis Enterprises! Create Sunflowers. Make paper sunflower hats. The Sunflower is the national symbol for finding a cure for sarcoma cancers.

The Tribute Carousel Ride 6:55 pm

The evening's first ride will be reserved for sarcoma patients and survivors as they ride in support of cures for sarcoma cancers.

Carousel Rides - Cafesjian's Carousel 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmCarousel Rider
Enjoy unlimited rides on the beautifully restored Cafesjian's Carousel with 68 magnificent horses and carriages. Handicapped accessible.

Grand Prize Raffle Drawing - Main Stage 8:20 pm
Raffle Tickets are $5.00 per ticket over $4,500 in prizes, including a week at a Big Sky Montana condo, $1,000 in cash, a gold diamond pearl necklace - Wedding Day, or a Fitbit Blaze Watch. Winner need not be present to win. Learn more.

The 2016 RIS Raffle Drawing is presented by:         BuildingArtsLogo_4

Closing Ceremony - Main Stage and Visitor Center Moat 8:20 pm - 9:15 pm
Sponsored by Cancer Care - University of Minnesota Health

Dr. Brenda WeigelHosted by Dr. Brenda Weigel -Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Minnesota
Dr. Brenda Weigel received her medical degree from MacMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and did her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Western Ontario. She came to the University of Minnesota in 1996 to do a Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant. During her four-year fellowship, Dr. Weigel worked in the lab of Dr. Bruce Blazar and developed a murine model of rhabdomyosarcoma. She is an associate professor cross-appointed at the University of Minnesota's Cancer Center and the Department of Pediatrics, and the recipient of the Lehman/Children’s Cancer Research Fund Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer. She is also the Co-Director of the Sarcoma Program for the Masonic Cancer Center, and an Associate Director of the Cancer Experimental Therapeutics Initiative for the Masonic Cancer Center.

The Closing Ceremony is a time of Remembrance and Celebration. Luminarias will be lit Closing Ceremonyand will line the moat in front of the Visitor Center.

  • New RIS Named Tribute and Memorial Funds will be honored and all named funds recognized.
  • Special music honoring sarcoma survivors, patients and those lost to sarcoma, performed by Kat Perkins
  • A reading of sarcoma survivors, patients, and those lost to sarcoma.
  • Luminary Lighting - Special music by Kat Perkins

You may register for a luminary to honor a sarcoma patient or survivor, or in memory of a sarcoma patient. You have the opportunity to create a luminary at the picnic and at the Conservatory until 8:30 that will be displayed and lit with a candle to honor or in memory of someone. The names of the luminary dedications will be read during this closing ceremony.

We thank our 2016 Party in the Park In-Kind Sponsors

Manhattan ToyCustom Business Forms logoStagetime Productions logoAAgesen logoCafesjian's Carousel logo

AVEvents logoPresbyterian Church of the Way logoApres-NewLogo

Location: For a Map of Como Park, Click here