“Isn’t it amazing!”
“This was such great fun
and isn’t it just amazing,”
said Blooming Prairie Cancer Group treasurer Cheri Krejci when reflecting on the 2019 cancer auctions.
Unofficial money figures indicate that another auctions record was set in raising mon- ey for the BP Cancer Group. Nearly $47,000 was raised during the two nights of auc- tions, Friday night, Sept. 6 and Saturday night, Sept. 7.
The $47,000 total eclipsed last year’s record of $45,000. With all other BP Cancer Group activities, monies raised totaled nearly $70,000.
Monies excel every year because of the many outstand- ing items that are donated by local residents, business peo- ple and friends of BP Cancer Group members.
An Adam Thielen jersey donated by Howard and Judy Lestrud drew an unbelievable
$1,600 with Maynard Acker- man outbidding his closest bidder, Jake Peterson. “I need- ed a jersey for tomorrow’s Vikings game,” Ackerman joked after winning the bid.
Peterson did succeed in winning some other auto- graphed sports items. He
won an autographed Michael Pineda Minnesota Twins baseball, a Harmon Killebrew autographed baseball, a Joe Mauer autographed print and a Twins hat autographed by Jack Morris, Paul Molitor.
An autographed Ford rac-
ing helmet brought in $1,100 and was won by Jeff Ingvalson.
Jennifer Milton, a BP Can- cer Group volunteer, was the winning bidder at $700 on an Amish quilt.
Two unique items were
reserve seating for groups attending the upcoming purse bingo next spring. On Friday night, the purse bingo package went for $900 and on Saturday, it went for $775.
Hope butter is always a pop- ular auction item. One pack- age of four pounds garnered
$110. The butter was donated by Victor and Kelli Mrotz.
Caramel rolls donated by Cheri Krejci and Lindsey French went for $190.
Jennifer Milton donat- ed beer for a year, a case a month. It went for $500.
Friday night’s total of $23,315 was the best Friday night ever for the benefit auctions, Krejci said. An estimat-
ed 250 people attended each night, Krejci added.
Krejci said the auctions went “very smoothly” both nights under the BIG TENT outside of the Cue Company and Pizza Cellar.
Weather also cooperated and coolish temperatures did not deter crowds both nights.
“We got a different crowd of people each night,” said Krejci. The Blooming Prairie Blossoms football team played Friday night at home, shellacking Wabasha-Kel- logg, 49-0, and many of these fans stopped by the auction tent after the game.
BP Cancer Group mem- bers were heartened by the number of families attending the festivities on the two days to Paint Blooming Prairie Pink. “They see how many people are touched by cancer and want to find a cure,” Krejci said.
Gail Dennison, director of
development and public rela- tions for the Hormel Insti- tute, attended Friday’s auc- tion and thanked everyone for helping raise funds for
cancer research. The Hormel Institute has annually been a recipient of BP Cancer Group
monies, directed for cancer
“It was fun to see the kids and young adults participat- ing,” Krejci said. She tossed “thank yous” to the girls volleyball team for raising money at a recent game and to the Blossoms football team for helping put up the pink flags on Highway 218 near its intersection with Main Street.
Krejci also said that sever- al young girls helped Steph- anie Miller sell 50/50 tickets. She said they raised nearly
$3,000 on that venture.
The tent was full of people both nights. Krejci said the Cancer Group is grateful to the sponsors of the tent.
Auctioneers cleverly made appeals both nights to help the BP Cancer Group Community Fund. On Fri- day night, 42 bidders flashed their bidding numbers to donate $50 each for a total of
$2,100 total and 49 bidders bought parking passes total- ing $1,960 for those taking treatments for cancer.
A team of auctioneers and emcees made the auctions a giant success. Auctioneers in- cluded Galen Peterson, Mark Ditlevson, Steve Seykora and
Justin Krell. Emcees were:
Kelly LaMotte, Mike Trom and Matt Braaten. Ringmen were: Darrick LaMotte, Craig Wencl, Brad Klemmensen, Jeff McCabe and Ryan McCabe.
A Cancer Group raffle gave away $1,500. Caleb Bartel of Dodge Center won first prize,
$1,000 in cash. His winning ticket was sold to him by Ryan French. Ironically, French’s unborn child won last year’s grand prize. Second place was
$300 won by Bill Noble. Third place was $200 and was won by Rod Koster.
Earlier in the day, a 5K walk/run was sponsored by the BP Cancer Group. Organizers Mandy Doocy and Ashley Valek said 75
runners/walkers participat- ed. Participants started and finished at Central Park.
“It was a fun event,” said
Placing first was Abby
Smith, a ninth grader, in
23:40. Second was earned by Grace Krejci, also a ninth grader, in 24:37. Finishing third was Sierra Larson in
24:39, a ninth grader.
Cuts for a cure were also sponsored by Barb Kraling of The Cutting Edge at Central