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Despite storms, Relay for Life brings in $29,000

The Rosemount Relay for Life was held June 25 at the Rosemount Irish Dome. Bad weather forced the event inside but didn't dampen enthusiasm for the event.

Despite some pretty frightening weather the Rosemount Relay for Life went well, said chair Nancy Kelly. With severe storms threatening, the event was moved at the 11th hour into the Rosemount Irish Dome. Considering the torrential down pour that occurred during the event, that proved to be a good idea.

Kelly said she watched the weather all week leading up to the event. On Friday, when the forecast looked pretty nasty, she made some calls to get the event moved inside. Her first thought was the Rosemount Community Center gymnasium but it was already booked. Then she thought of the dome.

"They were really great to let us use the dome. We wouldn't have been able to have it otherwise," said Kelly.

While the event usually goes through the night, Kelly said they had to cut it short. Teams only walked until midnight. Despite the shortened duration the event raised $29,000 for the American Cancer Society.

"It's about the same as last year and I feel like it was a success," said Kelly.

Kelly said the one disappointing part of the night was not being able to light the luminaria, which is usually a poignant part of the event. Usually during the event candles are lit in specially decorated bags in the honor of people who have survived cancer or in remembrance of those who lost their battles.

"I did miss that part of the night," said Kelly.

Either way, Kelly said everyone had a great time and they were able to raise money to continue the battle against cancer.

The 2010 relay was Kelly's last as chair of the Rosemount committee. Kelly said she will stay involved with the relay but feels it's time to hand over the reins.

"It's like planning a wedding every year and I'm tired," said Kelly.

Though she added, "I plan on always being part of this as long as there is cancer."

Kelly has chaired the committee for the past four years. Before that her daughter Kelly Roche chaired and Kelly helped.

A new chair hasn't been chosen yet but Kelly said she will help whoever takes over the task.

During the open ceremony mayor Bill Droste thanked Kelly and her family for their dedication to the event. She was presented with flowers.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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