A grateful LAC wraps up a year of fundraising

Gary Harrison tries to get John and Janelle Achenbach to make another bid on a Cub Cadet lawnmower toy Friday night during the Lyle Area Cancer Auction in Lyle. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Gary Harrison tries to get John and Janelle Achenbach to make another bid on a Cub Cadet lawnmower toy in January during the Lyle Area Cancer Auction in Lyle. Herald file photo

Lyle Area Cancer is continuing to thank the community for a strong year of fundraising.

Lyle Area Cancer had plenty of help in raising $227,185 to pledge to the Fifth District Eagles Cancer Telethon to fight cancer last month.

Last week, LAC board members thanked the people of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa for contributing to many events throughout the year and released the totals from each event.

The Lyle Area Cancer Auction on Jan. 15 and 16 capped a year of fundraising that saw Lyle Area Cancer reach $2.4 million raised over 37 years.

This year’s 62nd Eagles Cancer Telethon contributed $300,000 to The Hormel Institute for cancer research. The telethon also supports the cancer research of Mayo Clinic Health System and UMN Masonic Cancer Center.

Lyle Area Cancer events and 2015-16 totals for 37th auction:

 Iowa events

—February: Fourth annual Spinning for a Cure in St. Ansgar, Iowa, $15,423

—March: Seventh annual Farm Boy Barbecue from St. Ansgar in Lyle, $12,022

—September: Eighth annual Crop for a Cure in Carpenter, Iowa, $10,001

—November, Third annual Quilting for a Cure in Carpenter, $4,683

—January: 16th annual Lucille Johnson Pool Tournament in Carpenter, $32,442

—January: LAC organizers thanked Goodale Pumping out of Osage for donating porta potty’s for the auction!

 Minnesota Events

—Cans for Cancer held all year at the Lyle Legion, $1,019

—B.S. Wednesday (Braunschwieger Wednesday) held at Lyle Legion November through March at 5:07 p.m., $1,432

—June: Cruise for a Cure in Lyle and riding to surrounding areas, $1,000

—iPad Raffle, $600

—June: Second annual Squeeze Out Cancer Lemonade Stand held in Adams, $1,483

—First Corn for a Cure, a sweetcorn sale held in Lyle, $1,400

—Oktoberfest & Thrivent Financial held in Austin, $25,210

—January: 15th annual Harley Davidson Raffle given away at the LAC Auction, $29,274

—January: 37th annual Lyle Area Cancer Auction, kitchen, and cash donations, $76,800

—Plus numerous other presentations and donations from clubs, organizations, Lyle-Pacelli school activities, haircuts, beer tasting and many more.

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