Journal file photo: Pink balloons were released during last year’s PRCA Rodeo as part of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night.

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Pink again the star Saturday night [UPDATED]

Published 10:48am Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Updated 10:48am Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Tough Enough to Wear Pink partnership with the PRCA Rodeo has the potential to make a local impact during the Tough Enough to Wear Pink night on Saturday. The funds raised will benefit the Lake Region Healthcare Cancer Care and Research Center, bringing the fight to Fergus Falls.

The dollars raised through donations, raffles, and activities will stay in Fergus Falls, according to Denice Laymon with Lake Region Hopsital Foundation. Other supporters include the Friends of the Foundation and an anonymous benefactor promising to match every dollar donated in the month of August, up to $100,000.

“The donor is someone that believes in the cancer center and the Friends of the Foundation, and who wants to keep the money close to home,” said Laymon. “Come support this. If $5 is donated, it’s worth $10.”

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the PRCA Rodeo and sponsor Wrangler challenge rodeo attendants to wear pink to bring attention to the cause against cancer. For every ticket sold, $2 will be donated to the Cancer Center. “Of course, the Cancer Center is about more than breast cancer, but we fully recognize the power of pink and Wrangler’s partnership with the PRCA to help benefit cancer care and research,” said Laymon.

Tickets are on sale at RHRA, BJs, or at the gate. Adult admission is $15, kids 6-12 is $8, and 5 and under get in free.

That night, there are several other opportunites to support the campaign, all located under the tent on the Red Horse Ranch Arena grounds.

The Lake Region Hospital Foundation and Friends of the Foundation will hold several additional activities and fundraisers in conjunction with the rodeo. A pork chop dinner served by the Underwood Lions, and silent auction along with face painting and juggling for the kids will be held under the big tent on the rodeo grounds Saturday night before the rodeo from 4 to 6 p.m.

The winning raffle tickets are worth a pink custom “Go Float Impulse” electric watercraft donated by Frontier Powersports, a gold bracelet donated by Dave Peters Jewelers, or $500 cash donated by Marco Inc. Raffle tickets are on sale now at the Lake Region Healthcare Gift Shop.

“The rodeo kick-off is the balloon release, which is a very emotional event,” said Laymon. Memorial or honorary balloons for loved ones affected by cancer will be released at 7 p.m. Those who wish to purchase a balloon should contact the Friends of the Foundation at 218-998-6370.

If rodeos aren’t your thing, there are still several other ways to donate to the foundation. Pink cowboy boots are stationed at local businesses, and the gift shop in the hospital has merchandise such as pink shirts for sale. You can also donate directly to the LRH Foundation, 218-736-8195, 712 Cascade Street South, Fergus Falls.

“We think what we’re doing here in Fergus Falls is great. We want to sustain it and continue making a difference. Even better, the dollars stay here in Fergus,” said Laymon.

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