Community Rallies to Support MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center

From Thursday, Sept. 25, to Saturday, Sept. 27, despite whatever North Dakota weather brings, The Fox (107.9 FM) morning crew is going to carry on their 11-year tradition of raising money for the MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center during the 61for61 event. The fundraiser will be held at Sun Mart, 3175 25th St. S., Fargo, and will feature a Home Run/Walk event, silent auction, family fun night and more. Donations can be made at the event, by calling (701) 478-6161 during the event, or via 61for61.meritcare.com.

From Thursday, Sept. 25, to Saturday, Sept. 27, despite whatever North Dakota weather brings, The Fox (107.9 FM) morning crew is going to carry on their 11-year tradition of raising money for the MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center during the 61for61 event. The fundraiser will be held at Sun Mart, 3175 25th St. S., Fargo, and will feature a Home Run/Walk event, silent auction, family fun night and more. Donations can be made at the event, by calling (701) 478-6161 during the event, or via 61for61.meritcare.com.

It all started in 1998 when The Fox (107.9 FM) morning crew had an idea. It was the year that Roger Maris' record of hitting 61 home runs in a single season was broke. The crew decided to live on a billboard for 61 continuous hours and raise $61,000 for MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center. That's how 61for61 was born. Since then, the home run record has again been broken, the event now raises more than $100,000, and the crew now hangs out in the crowd (vs. on a billboard) so they can connect with patients and families - but the 61for61 name and tradition carry on.

A silent auction will take place from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, at (701) 478-6161. Silent auction items will be up for bid all weekend. Other events taking place are:

Thursday, Sept. 25
  • 7:45 a.m. - Blessing of the Honor Wall - a wall for people to write messages to honor family members or friends affected by cancer
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. - Cookout at all Fargo/Moorhead Sun Mart stores

Friday, Sept. 26
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. - Cookout at all Fargo/Moorhead Sun Mart stores
  • 3-9 p.m. - Family fun night with Games Galore
  • 5-8 p.m. - Classic car and motorcycle show
  • 7-10 p.m. - Street dance, with music by Serious Sam

Saturday, Sept. 27
  • 7 a.m.-6 p.m. - Silent auction
  • 8:15-8:45 a.m. - Registration for the Home Run/Walk (10K run and 2 mile run/walk) at MeritCare Southpointe, 2400 32nd Ave. S., $30 entry fee day of race, $25 advance registration
  • 9 a.m. - Home Run/Walk begins at MeritCare Southpointe
  • Noon - FM Crusaders Mystery Motorcycle ride begins at the Moorhead VFW, $20 entry fee. For more information call (701) 237-4500.
  • 4:30 p.m. - Barbecue and refreshment garden opens (21 and over only) and FM Crusaders Mystery Motorcycle ride ends at Sun Mart in south Fargo

For more information, to donate online, or to register for the Home Run/Walk, call (701) 234-6620 or visit 61for61.meritcare.com.