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Letter: Thanks for backing ball

Published 7:21am Thursday, May 16, 2013

Letter to the Editor

On April 26, the IBI Data Relay for Life team and the Holiday Inn Austin co-sponsored the fourth annual Black & White Ball.

This event raised mroe than $11,000 for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society! We would like to thank the more than 150 Mower County businesses, artists and individuals who donated items for the silent auction, live auction and door prizes. A special thanks to our diamond and platinum level sponsors. The full donor list can be found at


Special thanks to Mr. Mariska and the musicians from the Austin High School jazz band; they were incredible and helped set the tone for a wonderful evening. Our disc jockey, Backstage Pass, auctioneer Judy Laskewitz and emcee Alexander Bloedel kept the night lively; and, of course, the event itself would not have succeeded without the great people who attended; there was a record 200 participants this year. Their generosity was amazing and helped us beat last year’s total by more than $2,000.

Thank you to everyone who helped, donated and attended. We could not have done it without you. We can hardly wait for next year; hope to see you there on Friday, April 25, 2014. To get an early peak at next year’s auction items and other details, “Like” us at

Geoff Smith,


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