It’s time to paint BP again
As we close in on September, Blooming Prairie is getting ready to paint the town pink once again, a symbol of a "Fight for a Cure" for cancer.
The Blooming Prairie Cancer Group is a very active community organization of volunteers eagerly working to find a cure for cancer.
This year marks the 19th annual time to raise monies to benefit cancer research.
One of the first events will be staged Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Blooming Prairie Country Club. It's called Golfing for a Cure.
Many other events will be sponsored this summer, leading up to the two-day auction on Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7. Both auctions start at 7 p.m. under the Big Tent outside the Cue Company.
The Blooming Prairie area community and other supporters have helped raise over $800,000 in funds for cancer research.
A record total of $110,000 was raised and turned over to the Eagles Cancer Telethon in Rochester last January. The BP Cancer Group also donated $10,000 to the Hormel Institute.
A community letter from the BP Cancer Group was sent to Blooming Prairie residents earlier this summer, urging everyone to help raise funds for cancer research.
Over the years, some of these community funds have been channeled to a Community Fund, which has allowed the BP Cancer Group to provide assistance to countless friends and families in the area who are battling cancer.
"None of these donations could be made without the time, talents, donations and support of the community and by surrounding communities," remarked Cheri Krejci, BP Cancer Group treasurer.
The Paint the Town Pink experience begins with the sale of small, pink flags. The flags will be posted on the vacant parking lot near the intersection of Highway 218 and Main Street. Per usual, only 250 flags will be sold.
If wanting a pink flag to honor a loved one, please contact Jennifer Milton at 507-456-6846 or Connie Trom at 507-456-8431.
The town will begin to turn pink on Sunday, Aug. 25 when the flags will be posted. Members of the Blooming Prairie football team and the volleyball team will help with putting up the pink flags.
Businesses and residents are also encouraged to decorate and to show support of the Paint the Town Pink experience. Flamingoes will also be available to purchase and place on yards around town.
Pink lawn spray will be available for lawns or driveways.
The BP Cancer Group will again sponsor the "Running Over Cancer" 5K run/walk on Saturday, Sept 7.
This event has been moved from its start on Highway 218 to Central Park in Blooming Prairie. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Central Park, on the corner of Main Street and Center Street under the Water Tower.
The run-walk begins at 10 a.m. at Central Park and will end at the park.
New shirts will be available, $25 for run and shirt, $15 for run/walk and $15 for just the shirt. Mandy Doocy and Ashley Valek are co-chairs of the run/walk.
Barb Kraling is again organizing the Cut for a Cure and this, too, moves from its Highway 218 location to Central Park. This fun event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 with crazy hair, face painting, chair massages, manicures, games and lofts of fun stuff. Kraling and her staff will offer hair cuts for $5.
Family bingo is planned under the Big Tent from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Stix of Fury perform at 6:30. Saturday's live auction begins at 7 p.m.
Donations for the auctions may be dropped off at the Pizza Cellar or Cue Company between 4-9 p.m. or at Krejci Ford during business hours.
Donated items must be dropped off by Saturday, Sept. 1 to be included on the auction items list. Some of the items donated already include racing helmet donated by the Ford Motor Company Racing team; five quilts created by local crafter Mary Burr; casino packages; autographed Major League Baseball pink bat and Adam Thielen autographed jersey donated by Howard and Judy Lestrud.
For more information on Paint the Town Pink, contact Milton, Trom or Cheri Krejci at 507-438-6895.
The 19th annual BP Cancer Auction Raffle will also be taking place on the weekend of Sept. 6-7.
First prize is $1,000, second prize if $300 and third prize is $200. The raffle is in memory of Steve Prihoda. Tickets cost $10 each. The drawing will be at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Cue Company. Need not be present to win.
A follow-up to the cancer week events will be a new event, Gun Bingo, sponsored by the Dodge County Corn Growers. It is scheduled for the Blooming Prairie Servicemen's Club on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Ten games of bingo are offered for $50. This event is similar to the purse bingo offered in the spring. To sponsor a gun in honor or memory of a loved one, contact Trom, Denise Krell at 507-438-3862 or Craig Anderson at 507-438-5499.