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Bean bag tossers and Rotary help fight against polio

A total of 48 two-person teams competed in the Alexandria Rotary Club's bean bag tournament at Broadway Ballroom Saturday. They weren't just competing for cash prizes; they were also helping the fight against polio. Rotary club members estimate t...

Bean bag toss
Competitors tested their accuracy at tossing bean bags during a double-elimination tournament at Broadway Ballroom Saturday. The Alexandria Rotary Club organized the event to raise matching funds in the fight against polio.

A total of 48 two-person teams competed in the Alexandria Rotary Club's bean bag tournament at Broadway Ballroom Saturday.

They weren't just competing for cash prizes; they were also helping the fight against polio.

Rotary club members estimate that about $2,500 was raised after prize money and expenses.

Here are the top two teams and their cash prizes: First place, $500 - Randy Wait and Eric Peterson of St. Cloud; second place, $350 - Eric Evavold and Scott Toenyan of Alexandria.

All proceeds will be sent to Rotary International's Polio Plus program. More information about it can be found online at www.rotary.org/en/serviceandfellowship/polio/pages/ridefault.aspx .

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The Alexandria club's contribution will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

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