The Dell Rapids Pink Ladies are a non-profit, all-woman organization committed to helping those in need that are battling cancer. The Dell Rapids Pink Ladies hold various fundraisers throughout the community to raise money for local families fighting all types of cancer. The Dell Rapids Pink ladies will provide funds to cancer patients and their families for incidental expenses. All of the money raised stays in the Dell Rapids community and is donated to those in need.
Through the Pink Ladies website, drpinkladies.com, people can nominate individuals in primarily the Dell Rapids community that are battling cancer of any type.
“Some think we are breast cancer only, and we want to change that perception,” stated Jody Heinemann, one of the board members.
Pink Ladies will support other families that are within a 25-mile radius of Dell Rapids as well. The chapter started as dart players, but has evolved to include more women in the community that do not play darts but still support the cause.
Pink Ladies did not start doing true fundraising up until this year. Previously, as dart players, players would throw their darts, and if their score was less than 25, they would have to put a quarter in what they refer to as the “kitty”. With the addition of a board and becoming a non-profit organization, they were able to start doing more to help those in need in our community.
Board members include: President-Rhonda Nelson, Vice President-Jody Heinemann, Treasurers-Paula Schrier and Jenn Kruse, Secretary-Ashley Horton, Event team-Bailey Erickson, Mindy Schmidt and Jamie Hansen. There are a total of 30 members in the chapter that are dart players and a total of 10 members that are non-dart players.
The goal for the Pink Ladies organization is to make their mission and their cause more well known in the Dell Rapids area. To become a part of the organization or become a member, it is not required that you are a dart player. The more the community knows about the Pink Ladies cause and efforts, the more nominations they will be able to receive and be able to help the people in the community that are in need of it.
Pink Ladies held a bake sale during the city wide rummage sale back in June of this year. The ladies were amazed and overwhelmed with the amount of donations they received and were able to raise enough funds to support six different families that were in need.
The organization is currently making plans for more events and fundraisers to help raise money needed for individuals in the community. One of the events includes a bean bag tournament on Saturday, August 11 in the Norby’s parking lot. They will be selling barbecues, chips, cookies, and drinks for anybody that would like to participate in or watch the tournament. They will also be raffling off a set of pink bean bag boards at the event that were made and donated by Tim and Ashley Horton.
In October the organization plans to trick-or-treat for change instead of candy as a way to help raise money and will be promoting that event in the near future. The Pink Ladies are also planning to sell pink ribbons at local businesses for one dollar a piece to help raise money and raise awareness. All of the organization’s upcoming events and fundraisers can be found on their website.
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