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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Annual scrapbooking Relay For Life fundraiser to be held in April

  • In 2008, Karina Rose and Kathy Behrendt started Cropping for a Cure; Rose had attended scrapbooking crop parties that benefitted various other causes in the past, and had thought it was a great idea....
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  • In 2008, Karina Rose and Kathy Behrendt started Cropping for a Cure. Rose had attended scrapbooking crop parties that benefitted various other causes in the past, and had thought it was a great idea. She stopped in at Between Friends in Redwood Falls and chatted with Behrendt’s daughter-in-law, Crystal, about the possibility of doing a similar event for the Relay For Life. Crystal told Rose she thought Behrendt would be interested in helping. Behrendt and Rose talked a little later on, and Cropping for a Cure was born. Rose already had ties to the scrapbooking industry, having worked for a scrapbooking company for a few years, so she used her contacts to get donations for goodie bags and prizes. Behrendt provided the scrapbookers via her mailing list and advertising in her store. Scrapbookers who come to Cropping for a Cure pay a registration fee which goes to the Relay For Life, and in exchange receive a crafting space, goodie bag, prizes, make and takes, food and beverages. It has been a huge success, and it has raised more than $7,000 for the Relay For Life to date. Cropping for a Cure has continued to grow and evolve over the years, and after Behrendt decided to close her store in downtown Redwood Falls and make her business more mobile, they again began to talk about the possibilities of the event. According to Rose, the scrapbookers loved the event, but they just wished it could last longer. The idea to make the crop a weekend retreat was born. They just needed a location, and they decided to focus on Mankato. Rose’s Relay For Life team also resides in this area, so it is going to be easier for it to have base closer to home. After much research and work, Rose found a hotel in Mankato that very generously donated the use of their conference center for the event. So now, scrapbookers can come for just one day if they like, or spend the whole weekend there in the hotel. This year's Cropping for a Cure is being held at the AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center in Mankato April 4-6. The cost is going to stay the same as it was in Redwood Falls, but scrapbookers are going to be gaining a lot more time to craft. For more information or to regisiter, visit www.croppingforacure.org.

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