Good time had by all at FFA eventNorthwestern fundraiser raised more than $1,400
The following is another “Have Fun or Get Out of the Way” column by award-winning Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their alter egos, Lance Boyle and Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram.
What a great time was had by all at Charlie’s Riverside last Saturday. For those who missed the article so well-written by Maria Lockwood in a recent Telegram, or were unable to come and support the Northwestern Chapter of the Future Farmers of America, you missed a stellar experience.
After almost six years of incredible prose, you know what a fan Lance and Billy are of fun, food, friends, fellowship, fundraising and more food.
Well, all of our favorite requirements for a good time were “fed” at Charlie’s.
Gracious hosts were Pat “Charlie” Abrahamzon and Jodi Anttila.
Outstanding barbecue ribs and chicken were prepared by Fast Eddie Abrahamzon.
I call him fast because we are fast friends, and Lance even got a couple of orders to go.
The FFA at Northwestern is sending some students to the National FFA Convention and needed fundraising assistance.
Up to the plate stepped Charlie and Jodi to help first-year FFA advisor Keith Becker send five great kids to the convention.
Becker is quick to thank those who made this event a smashing success.
“The event was to fund the trip for Joey Markon, Heidi Halladay, Julia Collins, Makenna Sadenwasser and Tyler Maki to the national convention,” Becker said. “I would like to thank Jodi and Charlie, as well as Jim’s Meat Market, and Hursh Meats for their donations.”
The FFA raised around $1,400 from a meat raffle and donations from Gregg Lundberg, the local farmers union and the Jim Weinandt Scholarship Fund.
The students that worked at the meat raffle were Dustin Soyring and Brianna Hursh as well as the members going to the national convention.
“On behalf of our chapter and these kids, I cannot begin to express my thanks and gratitude,” Becker said.
When reading the Telegram article about the event online, Bill Weinandt, a graduate of Northwestern like his brother Jim, leapt into action.
OK, Bill, who resides in Eden Prairie, Minn., may not leap or spring or jump as he once did, but like the “moth to the flame” he warmed up to the idea of helping these deserving young people.
Jim was an outstanding teacher and coach at NHS and loved helping kids as Bill does.
Jim passed away in 2001, and for the past eight years the Jim Weinandt Scholarship Fund has given $10,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Northwestern.
“The Jim Weinandt Scholarship Fund participated in the event by giving a donation and by buying raffle tickets for each meat item,” Bill Weinandt said.
“We were also lucky enough to have our ticket drawn and win a few items that we donated to the Rural Care and Share Food Shelf, located at Peace Lutheran Church in Poplar.”
“Opportunities like this allow us to continue my dad’s legacy throughout the year, and not only to the school but to the community, as well,” Jim’s daughter, Nikki, said. “Charlie’s Riverside is a great asset to the community and to Northwestern; it was an honor to participate and be around so many great people.”
Bill continues, “If ever there was a group of students who possess the attributes that defined Jim, it is the hard-working and dedicated members of the FFA.”
Billy Pirkola, aka, Mike Granlund, made an appearance, spent most of his money on tickets, provided much levity and didn’t win much.
That makes him a winner in my book; let others win and contribute to a worthy cause.
“Keith Becker is an enthusiastic new teacher and FFA advisor at Northwestern,” Granlund said. “He’s a real asset to the school, kids and community. It was really nice to see the support from the community for the FFA chapter. Hursh Meats, Jim’s Meats and Charlie’s Riverside are three great area businesses that support the kids.”
What a great time, much laughter and incredible food was enjoyed by the assembled 100 plus attendees.
Thanks to Charlie for providing the venue. I, Lance Boyle, am asking for all to patronize “he who helps others.”
Charlie’s Riverside definitely qualifies.
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