Pipestone Gala - Cancer Society

The 12th Annual Pipestone Run & Gala in Pipestone!

The Pipestone Run is an annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society held in Pipestone, MN, sponsored by local home & business owners Tom & Lisa Gow.

This year's gala will transform the Pipestone Municipal Airport into a spooky speakeasy from 1929 and features live music, dancing, food, complimentary prohibition-era cocktails and a ton of great surprises!

PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE -- no tickets will be sold at the door.  Food service begins at 5pm, seating commences at 6pm, and the show starts at 7pm.

This is a 1920's/1930's-themed event and era-appropriate formal wear is strongly preferred!  Please check in at the airport's club house upon arrival.  All attendees must be seated by 7pm!

Proceeds from the 2017 event will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Minneapolis.

The Pipestone Run was founded in honor of Karen Ann Mead who passed away from childhood bone cancer in 2008.

This year’s event will honor James Stalvig, who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at 22 months, but thanks to the work of the University of Minnesota Medical Center is today living cancer-free.

About the Hope Lodge

Over 23,000 people across Minnesota are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of these patients often spend weeks or months away from home while undergoing required lifesaving treatment at cancer centers in the Twin Cities area. In December 2007. The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge opened its doors and became the 25th Hope Lodge location and the 2nd Hope Lodge location in Minnesota.

The Minneapolis Hope Lodge program provides 41 private guest rooms, free of charge, to cancer patients and their caregiver who reside at least 40 miles away, and who are undergoing active cancer treatment.

How You Can Help

We are asking for donations via GoFundMe to help make this the most successful Pipestone Run yet.  Our hope is to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of the event as well as to make a substantial contribution to the Minneapolis Hope Lodge.


Even if you are not planning to attend the event, we encourage you to donate via this GoFundMe page!  Every bit helps and is deeply appreciated.

If you are planning to attend the centerpiece party, we ask that you pay for your admission by donating accordingly:

General Admission: $50 donation per person

The general admission ticket entitles you to a night of live entertainment, delicious food, prohibition-era cocktails, and a ton of surprises.

VIP Admission: $100 or more per person

The VIP tickets entitles you to all of the above *PLUS* reserved stage-side seating, elevated cocktails, premium food, and a few additional secret perks.


The event is being held at a small venue, so space is limited, and we WILL SELL OUT.

If you are planning to attend the event, we suggest that you make your donations early, and please indicate in your donation the number of people in your party.

Your help is much appreciated and we hope to see you at this year’s event!

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Alex Ward
Coon Rapids, MN

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