Surprise revealed for this year’s BP Paint the Town Pink
There was something different about painting Blooming Prairie pink with 250 flags this year.
The something different on Sunday afternoon was the absence of Philip Milton, a member of the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group for many years. Milton died of cancer on July 15.
Milton was always there, even when fighting the dreaded disease at its toughest.
Jennifer was there to paint BP pink on Sunday and about half way through the posting of the flags, Cheri Krejci, BP Cancer Group treasurer, called all volunteers over to the sign at the Field of Flags, near Main Street and Highway 218.
Krejci had a surprise for Philip's wife Jennifer. She unveiled a colorful pink flag carrying the banner "Team Philip." The message was this: "No one fights alone!" A pair of boxing gloves and the cancer logo adorned the flag.
The flag, posted in Philip's memory, will be up until Sept. 10.
Volunteers included members of the BP Cancer Group, Blooming Prairie High School cheerleaders, Blossom football players and just plain volunteers.
As volunteers placed re-rod into the field, cars passed by and honked their approval of the cancer mission.
In about two hours time, all 250 flags were placed.
The 18th annual Blooming Prairie Cancer Auction is planned for two big nights, Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8. The auction will be held under the Big Tent outside the Cue Company on Main Street.
Saturday events begin with Cut for a Cure at a tent near the Field of Flags. A 5K run/walk is planned for 10 a.m., beginning at the Field of Flags. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
The Cut for a Cure events will include $5 haircuts, crazy hair, face painting, chair massages, manicures, games and lots of fun stuff.
Family bingo is planned under the Big Tent from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Stix of Fury drum corps will perform outside the Big Tent at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Anyone having items to donate may do so by dropping them off at the Pizza Cellar or Cue Company between 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. or at Krejci Ford during regular business hours.
For more information contact Cheri Krejci at 507-438-6895, Jennifer Milton at 507-456-6846 or Connie Trom at 507-456-8431.
All proceeds from the cancer events go to the BP Cancer Group.
Raffle tickets are also available at $10 each from BP Cancer Group members.