After careful deliberations, Fools Five Board has decided to cancel this year’s in-person live and silent auction scheduled for Saturday, September 26, at the Lewiston Community Center. The decision was made out of concern for the continued health of communities and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Auction Director Karin Peterson stated, “I just want to add we are looking into online options to further benefit our cause and assist those who are in need. Any updates will be available on our website, social media platforms, as well as our local newspapers.”
“It’s been a very difficult year for Fools Five not being able to hold our traditional events to raise money for cancer research and our local cancer support group,” said Dan Goss, president. He went on to say, “We look forward to 2021 where we can once again continue our tradition of coming together to provide hope, support, and compassion to our community. We’ll see you in April 2021!”
Fools Five Road Race, Minnesota’s oldest road race for cancer research, has brought people from around the world to Lewiston to raise funds for cancer research. Noted past runners/guest speakers have been Dick Beardsley, Garry Bjorklund, Carrie Tollefson, Alberto Salazar, Tony Schiller, Sarah Thorsett (Renk), Frank Shorter, Priscilla Welch, and Kenechi Udeze. In total, over $2.3 million has been donated to Gundersen Medical Foundation, La Crosse, Wis., and Eagles Cancer Telethon, Rochester, Minn., which donates to the Mayo Clinic, The Hormel Institute for Cancer Research, and Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.