As for the fundraiser, what a great day!! The rain held off and we didn't get "streamed out" like we did at my first benefit. The traffic seemed to flow in and out of the tent all day. The softball tournament and homerun derby were both excellent! Lee Rain won the homerun derby and Audio, part of the split up Eagles team, won the tournament. I only got to watch the final 3 games, but they were all good!! The race went really well, especially considering this was the first year, thank you to everyone that participated in the race and the volunteers that helped the race run smooth. Thank you also to to the Winona High Football team for their help with the race. Congrats are also in line for the Cancer Kicker's who won the kickball tournament!
The Penny Raffle went well as we sold ALL the tickets, amazing, that was 1500 tickets between the 3 Raffles. Thank you to everyone that donated the prizes for that. Keta Lindstom for the "Vegas" trip, The Kosidowski's for the fishing trip, and the Twins, Andy Gierok, and Dave St. Peter, and Rachel for the Twins package. Thank you to everyone that purchased raffle tickets for this as well! The golf chipping contest went really well with the winning of the drawing be Scott Hoag. The food seemed to be a hit throughout the day as the pulled pork, hot dogs, and brats were flying out all day. We had a TON of baked goods and they all went good as well.
The silent auction was a huge hit as usual! Many of the Twins autographed items went for a high amount of money. The framed pictured from Opening Day that my friend, MIke, donated generated a lot of money. Also the Harley jackets from Susie made their way up as the day went on. Thank you to everyone that donated something to the auction. Like I said, that part of the fundraiser was a great success and brought in a lot of money for the families.
Thank ALL of you for helping out with this fundraiser. Whether you helped serve food, participated in the run/walk or one of the tournaments, donated money, baked goods, silent auction items, etc!. To everyone that was there in attendance, thank you for being there in support of these wonderful families! There will be more thank yous to come throughout the week. Rachel and i are heading out here for a few days to relax. We are going to wait a little bit to announce what we had come in for money as money keeps trickling in through donations on the teamvogelvscancer.com website and in the mail.
A huge thank you has to go out to Randy Knecht who provided the music throughout the day and got a lot of people up there to sing. Last, but certainly not least has to be the great team that we put together for our board. Brian Bergler, Mike and Julie Biggerstaff, Mom and Dad Vogel, Mom and Dad Salisbury, Amanda Weifenbach, and Rachel and I worked very well as a team together and made this a great day without many hitches at all! I am excited to work with this group again next year and keep the momentum of this event going. Thanks is also in order for Brad and Dale Bartelson for the great work they did with the softball tournament and homerun derby! The website wouldn't have been as great as it was without the time and effort put in by Sarah Biggerstaff and AJ Scherbring. Thanks so much. I can't wait to do this all over again next summer.....but I am excited to take a break for now and enjoy what we accomplished over the weekend. Take care and I shall talk to you soon!!