I just wanted to pop on here quick this morning. I can't thank everyone enough for all their support this weekend. The 2nd Annual Team Vogel vs Cancer Fundraiser was an overwhelming success. Thank you to everyone who helped make this weekend possible. We are working hard to get a grand total of our fundraising efforts and also to get pictures that truly captured the weekend. It is amazing to live someone's dream.
Love - Rach
Join the Team - Saturday, June 25th
A few additional points -
We are asking all bakers to bring their goods sometime after 7:30 am to the Jaycee Pavilion. If you wish to cut your bars - do so as you wish and they will be priced / arranged accordingly. Please remember all baked goods must be non-perishable and NO NUTS please. (Please bring your items in a non-returnable container). If you have any questions - please email Mary email@example.com
Silent Auction Items -
If you are still interested in donating an item - or if you have not dropped ours off, please do so by Tuesday afternoon. At that time we will be making the final bid sheets. If you have any questions - please contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Packet pick-up and registration will be at the Jaycee Pavilion from 6:30 am - 7:30 am. Both races will begin at 8am. We hope to see you there!
Penny Raffle -
I'm excited to announce the two big prizes for the penny raffle...
-a $500 travel voucher
-Twins Experience - 4 tickets (Aug. 6th), twins chairs, and twins apparel
Pulled Pork Tickets -
Tickets for the pulled pork dinner will be sold at the fundraiser and can also be pre-purchased by emailing email@example.com. Tickets are $5.00.
Softball / Kickball Tournaments -
Please click on the links below to see the brackets.
New this Year!!! Pinwheels
A new addition to the Team Vogel vs Cancer Race will be the addition of pinwheels. The pinwheels will line the race path. They can be purchased in honor of or in memory of an individual battling cancer - or who lived cancer for $5.00 - All proceeds will go towards the Team Vogel vs Cancer Fundraiser. You will be able to purchase the pinwheels before the race on Saturday - or you can email Kayla for more information at
As the weekend quickly approaches - I again realize how lucky I am. The support that surrounds me on a daily basis is overwhelming. I truly appreciate all that everyone does to keep Team Vogel alive. The people who walked in the parade, the ticket sellers, the individuals who step up to help pay it forward, the community who embraces our efforts (radio, newspaper, tv) - Team Vogel is what it is because of everyone. So I thank all of you for making this team what it is.
To the Board Members - there are no words to truly express how I feel - Thank You does not seem enough.
Lastly - Joe and all the families dealing with cancer - this weekend is for you. Hope to see many of you on Saturday.
Love - Rach
Steamboat Days Parade
I would like to invite everyone to join us in the Steamboat Days Parade on Sunday, June 19th. We will be walking with one of the fire engines - throwing candy and handing out flyers with the fundraiser information on it. We will be meeting at 12:15 pm (at the beginning of the parade - by the fire engines...near the Kwik Trip on Broadway and Mankato) The parade starts at 12:31 pm. Wear your red and comfy walking shoes. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Vogel vs Cancer Fundraiser Updates
TOURNAMENTS:We are still in need of teams for the Women's Softball Tournament and Kickball Tournament. Grab some friends and form a team. It is a great way to spend a weekend :) Here is what we need :
5 - Kickball Teams
1 - Women's Softball Team
We will be accepting entries until Friday, June 17th (click on the event to get the registration information)
Today, is the last day to get the pre-registration price and guarantee yourself a t-shirt. Click here to register now. You will still be able to register this week and the day of the event - but it really helps us out when people pre-register :).
We are asking all bakers to bring their goods sometime after 7:30 am to the Jaycee Pavilion. If you wish to cut your bars - do so as you wish and they will be priced / arranged accordingly. Please remember all baked goods must be non-perishable and NO NUTS please. (Please bring your items in a non-returnable container) If you have any questions - please email Mary at email@example.com
The fundraiser will be here before we know it and I am so appreciative of all the support that has already been shown and all the individuals who have stepped up to help keep Joe's dream going. Thank you!
The Hot Dog Stand was HOT!
Thank you to everyone who ordered hot dogs and brats, who spread the word, stopped in for lunch or a snack and to Midtown. We sold over 1240 hot dogs and brats on Friday - AMAZING. This helped us bring in around $3000. It is amazing to see the support of the community. Team Vogel is what is because of the community and everyone embracing Joe's legacy.
Upcoming Loggers Trip
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up and invite all of you to join us again this year at the Loggers Game. It will be on Thursday, July 14th. We will be taking a bus again this year from Winona and ordering some fun green tie-dye (Team Vogel) shirts. Everyone is welcome to join. This event was a big deal to Joe - he wanted to help create awareness and educate others. It is also just darn good time!
If you have more questions (first timers are welcome too), or if you would like to order your tickets, arrange to ride the bus, or order a tie-dye shirt - please email firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put Loggers in the subject area).
Tickets - $5.00
Bus Ride - $10.00
Tie-Dye Shirt - $12.00 (XXL and Larger - $13.00)
Rach's Thoughts for the Week...
As the Fundraiser gets closer - I want to reflect back on last year. It was the worst summer of my life but yet the best too. I was able to see an amazing man - find the strength to live each day to the fullest and give his all to others. As I sometimes find myself overwhelmed - I can hear Joe saying, "It will all work out Rach. It will all work out." As I look through these pictures - I know it will all work out...Joe Vogel - you inspire me everyday to be a better person - thank you for that!
Enjoy the photos from the 2010 Team Vogel vs Cancer Fundraiser...
His smile was infectious and everyone was smiling and will be this year too.
Love - Rach
Get Your Hot Dog...or Brat!
Updates and Reminders:
1. Pre-registration for the 5K / 1 mile run-walk is quickly approaching. The deadline to pre-reg. is June 12th (This guarantees runners a 2011 Team Vogel vs Cancer Fundraiser T-shirt) So, please take a moment to register and remind others. Register Here
2. If you are not planning to participate in the run/walk, but would like to order a 2011 Team Vogel vs. Cancer t-shirt, please email Amanda with your shirt size (or sizes) - email@example.com
-Shirts are $15.00 - you can use Pay Pal on here (just indicate your shirt size in the donation area) - or you can arrange to mail a check with Amanda.
-Shirt color this year - gray
3. Pulled Pork Dinner Tickets Available -
If you would like to help sell dinner tickets - we would be very grateful. Please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 313-5899 and I will make sure to get you tickets.
If you are interested in purchasing a $5 ticket to join us for lunch or dinner on June 25th - please email email@example.com
4. TEAMS NEEDED - Time to break out your sneakers and get a group together. We are still in need of -
7 Kickball Teams
at least 1 more Women's Softball Team
Just click on the sport of your choice to find out more information. For those of you who are more like me - a social athlete - Kickball is the way to go and a blast!
5. General Info. on How to Get Involved...
- Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournaments, Kickball Tournament, and Homerun Derby - Dale – firstname.lastname@example.org
(Contact Dale with any questions, if you wish to register, or if you are interested in helping with the tournaments.)
- Silent Auction – Brian – email@example.com
(Please contact Brian if you are willing to donate an item to the silent auction or if you have any questions about the silent auction.)
- 5K / 1 mile Race – Amanda – firstname.lastname@example.org
(If you would be willing to help stuff race packets, hand out race packets on June 25th – or want to be involved in the race – please contact Amanda.)
- Food – Mike and Julie – email@example.com
(If you would be willing to work a shift, with friends / family, serving meals or working the hotdog stand – please take a moment to let Julie and Mike know.)
- Bake Sale – Mary – firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please get in touch with Mary if you would be willing to bake an item for the bake sale.)
Rach's Thoughts for the Week...
Trust - Not always any easy thing to do. I've found one area that is especially hard for me is trusting that others will get Joe's Journey. This weekend I was overwhelmed and truly touched by the article that was written in the WInona Post. Cynthia Porter took the time to get to know Joe (through me) and wrote a wonderful article that really shed light on what Team Vogel is all about - it's about all of us. Thank you Cynthia for putting his life into words ... words that fit and painted his life accurately.
As we continue to plan and prepare for the big fundraiser - I miss Joe more and more. It is hard to do this without him here. Although there were days we were at each other (we organized things very differently - he was left handed and I am right :) ), we did it together. It is a true honor to do this and keep Joe's dream alive, but it still hurts.
I miss his chicken scratch notes all over the house - his hand written lists of volunteers - I miss everything about him...the smile that was always on his face when he was working on Team Vogel things. It was everything to him - he lived by his words.
I know your watching over everything Mr. Joe - but I will never stop wishing you were sitting beside me cracking stupid jokes to make me laugh :). 143
Love - Rach
Joe Vogel began his battle with cancer in 2006. He became a leader in his community and a hero among his friends and family. He made it his personal mission to help in the fight against cancer. His wife Rachel is carrying out his dream to help families dealing with cancer and to find a cure for this disease.