Pink Flamingo Nite raising funds to assist PMC


With less than two weeks to go before the event, organizers are putting the final touches on this year's Pink Flamingo Nite.

Held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne, this year's event will be run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.

It will include cancer awareness information, a light meal, vendors, Lisa (Walton) Berge sharing her cancer survivor story, music, door prizes and more.

Each year funds raised at the event go toward some necessary items at Providence Medical Center .

This year, the goal is to raise enough money to purchase a vein finder for use at the hospital.

A vein finder is a valuable tool to help health care workers find a reliable vein to start a peripheral IV.

"We cannot always see or feel a valve or bifurcation in the vein. This leads to multiple needle sticks for patients. This can cause increased fear, anxiety and pain for patients of all ages," said Rylie Ekberg Oncology/Infusions RN with Providence Medical Center.

A vein finder will help the health care provider make a more informed decision prior to starting an IV and lead to better patient satisfaction. The vein finder uses a “near-infrared technology” to illuminate the veins. This technology gives the health care provider an advantage to see different options, observe different pathways of the veins and access blood flow. 

"If we can improve IV placement, pain, and duration of our IV’s this would help us provide exceptional care and innovation,“  Ekberg said.

Raffle tickets and tickets for the event can be purchased at any of the banks in Wayne,  Missa Sue's in Laurel, The Quilt Shop in Wakefield, Midwest Bank in Pilger (tickets for the event only), the Wayne Area Economic Development Office, numerous businesses throughout Wayne and at the church office or through the event's Facebook page.

For more information on the event, contact the church office at (402) 375-2899.