Two benefits taking place this weekend touch the lives of a Superior student and a volunteer firefighter in Douglas County.

Superior High School teachers, students and clubs are teaming up to support a friend. SHS junior Chayce Strauch was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia this fall. His father, Rob, is a member of the Parkland Volunteer Fire Department.

A benefit for the teen and his family, Chances for Chayce, takes place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at United Presbyterian Church, 229 N. 28th St E. Coordinated by the high school’s Amnesty International and drama clubs as well as the mock trial teams and theater department, the event includes a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, raffle board, live music from Shane Nelson at 1 p.m. and karaoke.

Prizes have been pouring in from local businesses, including A&W, Dreamland Supper Club, Village Lanes, VIP, Campbell Lumber, 105 Tavern and Grizzly’s.

The cost for the dinner is $10, or $5 for children age 5 and younger. The cost for karaoke is $5 per song. For information or to donate items, email

Firefighter in need

A benefit for firefighter Gregg (Moose) Koepke will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Amnicon Town Hall on US Highway 2. Koepke is a member of the Poplar Volunteer Fire Department and an independent truck driver. He suffered a medical emergency a few months ago and has been unable to work since.

The event will include a meat raffle, bake sale and silent auction. Lunch will be available for purchase. Auction items and baked goods are still being accepted. To donate, send a message through the Facebook event page.