of people participated in the second annual Sunset Stroll
Sept. 28 in Overbrook. (View
Great weather for a great cause brought together a crowd
of almost 400 men, women, and children for the second annual
Sunset Stroll, Sept. 28 at Overbrook. The event raised funds
for The Race Against Breast Cancer, an organization that provides
low and no cost mammograms to women in Osage and other area
Prior to the stroll, attendees shopped at various vendor booths.
Free chair massages and free photo booth pictures were available.
Santa Fe Trail High School Future Business Leaders of America
provided a children’s corner with a variety of games
The first 250 participants registered received a goodie bag
with gifts and coupons from many local merchants. A raffle
was available with over 30 items to bid on, including items
from Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Kansas
City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City T-Bones, and
Schlitterbahn Water Park.
The 2011 balloon launch was named “The Shirley Lang
Memorial Balloon Launch” in honor of a local resident
who lost her life to breast cancer earlier this year. Her
daughters addressed the crowd thanking them for participating
in the event. The crowd heard from Leslie Wurdeman Riner who
encouraged women to be vigilant about breast cancer exams
and regular mammograms. The crowd released pink balloons in
honor of or in memory of someone who has dealt with breast
Following the balloon launch, Harold Denholm, Tonganoxie,
led the stroll. Denholm brought “Mom’s Tractor”
which is a 1951 “Super C” tractor, restored and
painted pink in honor of Denholm’s late wife, Aileen,
who died of breast cancer in 2007. The large crowd, led by
local Girl Scouts and 4H members, strolled away from the fairgrounds
and around Overbrook Lake.
While the final amount raised is not available at this time,
it is anticipated that the amount raised at this year’s
event will exceed the amount raised in 2010, which was $1,860.