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Akeley's 'answer to cancer' is Feb.11

Audrey's Purple Dream - Akeley's "answer to cancer" - is set for Saturday, Feb. 11 on 11th Crow Wing Lake.

A wide range of events fill the day, starting with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the sponsored Akeley United Methodist Church, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 56 of Nevis.

Fishing tournament registration is from 10 a.m. to noon and the tournament runs from noon to 3 p.m.

Hot food and beverages will be available on the ice from the Hubbard County Explorers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Raffle tickets and merchandise will be for sale from noon to 2 p.m.

Registration for the Purple Plunge is at 12:30 p.m., with the plunge beginning at 2 p.m.

Following the tournament, hot food will be served at the Akeley VFW, where raffle tickets and merchandise will be on sale from 4 to 6 p.m..

Fishing tourney prizes and awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Button raffle drawings begin at 6 p.m.

Nate's Fish will provide live music at the VFW from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m..

Audrey's Purple Dream is dedicated to the memory of Audrey Faye Pidde, a life long resident of Akeley. She passed away March 24, 2005 after a battle against cancer.

The event's founder, Melissa 'Nib' Niblick succumbed to cancer in 2009. Niblick organized the community fundraiser in 2005 in honor of her friend and cancer victim Audrey Pidde. One of Pidde's wishes had been to travel to Alaska. Niblick took on the role of fundraiser to fulfill the dream.

Pidde succumbed to cancer before she could make the journey, but the "dream" lives on.

Area residents whose lives have been impacted by cancer may request assistance by contacting First National Bank-Akeley and request an application for assistance.

For more information, go to www.audreyspurpledream.


Audrey's Purple Dream buttons are available at several Akeley area businesses and from members of the "Dream Team." The $2 purchase is entry into a drawing for prizes.