Relaypalooza to benefit Relay for Life

Summer Jensen, co-owner of The Stash, left, and Soomer Eveslage, owner of Salon Trende, will donate their time to give three lucky winners head-to-toe makeovers. Their work will be revealed at Relaypalooza, an inaugural event to benefit Relay For Life of Waconia to be held on May 18 from 1-5 p.m. at Waconia High School.

Summer Jensen, co-owner of The Stash, left, and Soomer Eveslage, owner of Salon Trende, will donate their time to give three lucky winners head-to-toe makeovers. Their work will be revealed at Relaypalooza, an inaugural event to benefit Relay For Life of Waconia to be held on May 18 from 1-5 p.m. at Waconia High School.

D.J. Teeselink literally dreams about Relay For Life. Last fall she recalls waking up in the middle of the night thinking about how to raise more money for the 4th annual Relay For Life of Waconia.

“The idea of having Waconia’s own “What Not To Wear” along with vendors came to mind. When I described my vision to others, I said it would be like an upscale expo with unique vendors and business owners,” said Teeselink. “I also wanted an event for females, from pre-teen to women with a lot of experience and wisdom. The name Relaypalooza came later once we had a clearer vision of the event.”

Although in its first three years, Relay For Life of Waconia has set the standard for how to carry out and grow a local Relay For Life event, garnering recognition from The American Cancer Society, for Teeselink it’s never enough. She hopes Relaypalooza will be the catalyst for achieving or surpassing this year’s fundraising goal of $150,000 and become a spring staple in the community.

Relaypalooza will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Waconia High School from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is for females of all ages. Admission is $20 and cancer survivors are free. Appetizers and dessert samples will be served. Attendees are invited to bring a purse and take part in the community purse swap.

The premiere event includes the unveiling of three local women who won head to toe makeovers. They were randomly selected on May 2 from the pool of early registrants. The free makeover includes a haircut and color, make-up, nails and an outfit.

Attendees will also experience a different sort of fashion show. Fashion 101 Do’s and Don’ts and Waconia’s own What Not To Wear shows women looks to be copied, and looks to be avoided.

Waconia resident and cancer survivor Bonnie Brabec registered to win one of the makeovers and will model in the What Not to Wear Fashion Show.

“I thought this is a wonderful way for women to learn new things, meet different women and raise money for Relay For Life,” she said. “It’s just an all-around great idea.”

According to Teeselink, 30-plus vendors are on board for the event. Attendees can expect to find: mosaics, reclaimed tote bags, chair massages, henna tattoos, chocolates, a book signing, pepper jam, a life coach, hair chalk and temporary hair color, magnets and paperweights, jewelry, caramels, line dancing, essential oils, teas, an esthetician, clothing stores, headbands, denim jeans, accessories and gifts, BBQ sauces and rubs, painting canvas, yoga and more.

Walk-ins are welcome. To register in advance, or for more information, go to www.relaypalooza.com.  All money goes to benefit Relay For Life of Waconia and the American Cancer Society. Teeselink estimates that after the event on August 16, Relay For Life of Waconia will have raised more than half a million dollars to fight cancer.

Relaypalooza sponsors are: The Prescott Group, KJGT FM Waconia, Waconia Patriot newspaper, Vicki’s Party Pro, Clearwater Clothing, The Stash, Salon Trende, The Short Cut, The Parlour Girls, Creative Builders, Edina Realty and Hoppers Bar & Grill.

Following the event for women is a chance for the guys to get involved. Relayshmooza will take place at Hopper’s Bar & Grill in Waconia beginning at 8 p.m. All are invited to attend.

For more information on Relay For Life of Waconia, go to www.relayforlife.com/waconiamn.org.

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