‘Small town’ comes adult big

 

JUST AHEAD —Keith Hagen binds a pointer done and donated by Kelly Simon for a 33rd Annual Geneva Cancer Auction, that wrapped adult Saturday night during Geneva Bar Grill. (Star Eagle photos by Kathy Paulsen)

By KATHY PAULSEN
Staff Writer

Many of us have review or listened a “Green Eggs and Ham” story.

This year, a Eagles Cancer classification took that same suspicion and put it on T-shirts: “I do not like cancer here or there, we do not like cancer anywhere.”

This past weekend, several people assisting with a 33rd Annual Geneva Cancer Auction proudly wore them.

Whitey Hagen welcomed everybody to Geneva Bar Grill for a vast event, that wrapped adult dual weekends of movement Friday night and Saturday.

Whitey reiterated that a cancer auction was a super eventuality to be concerned with, and pronounced a auctions were a lot of work and many internal people put a lot of bid into donating items, generally all a home-baked goodies. Whitey pronounced he and his wife, LaJune, unequivocally conclude all a things everybody does to assistance and support a eventuality any year. He generally appreciates all a people who spin out to take partial or assistance with a many events.

“I know of nobody improved to quarrel cancer than a people from a area,” pronounced Whitey.

That suspicion was displayed on one of a progressing equipment adult for bid, a pointer that said, “No, we can't forget where it is that we come from, we can't forget a people who unequivocally adore me. we can be myself here in this tiny town. And people let me be only what we wish to be. we was innate in a tiny town.”

Over a march of a 2017 Geneva Cancer Auction, some-more than 200 behest numbers were handed out and some-more than 800 equipment were put adult for bid.

Whitey went on to contend that a friendships grown over a years have been only as critical as income lifted for research. Everyone, he said, has been overwhelmed by cancer in some way.

This year outlines a 63rd year for a Eagles Cancer Telethon in Southern Minnesota.

On Saturday night, Theresa Chapman, a internal Eagles Cancer deputy from Rochester, visited Geneva.

“I wish to appreciate a people of this area for all they have been doing to assistance quarrel cancer over a past 33 years,” she said.

Those in assemblage were reminded that $90, 000 was donated to a Eagles Cancer Telethon in Jan 2016 on interest of a many fundraising activities in a Geneva area.

Representatives from a Lyle, Blooming Prairie and Freeborn cancer fundraising organizations also visited Geneva. They too reiterated they were grateful for a many good people who do what they can to assistance find a heal for cancer.

Whitey announced that over a years a people from a Lyle and Geneva areas have lifted $4.5 million for cancer research. The Lyle cancer organisation common they lifted $215,200 this past year.

The initial object of a auction this past weekend was a image of molasses cookies in memory of Judy Klukow. The initial dual plates went for $20 each.

Next adult was a dozen “golden eggs” donated by Todd and Jana Stadheim.

Banana bread, some donated in memory of Judy, was also put adult for bid Friday night. A criticism was made, “What is banana bread but that good Hope Butter,” so naturally a bruise of butter was added. A series of other equipment had pounds of butter combined to them interjection to Victor Mrotz’s inexhaustible donations of Hope Butter.

The auction contained a vast series of equipment to fill a appetite, including an Oreo cake donated by Verona Winegar in memory of Dale Winegar; cherry and apple pies in memory of LeRoy Christensen; “Tag-a-longs” donated by Sharon Johnson; a chocolate cake donated by a Muri family in memory of Matt Felt; caramels and black walnuts donated by Mary and LaVoy Ebnet; doughnuts donated by Karen Quam; cinnamon rolls donated by Phyllis Hagen and Eileen Bergland; Sue Hill’s famous pickles; beet pickles from Ruth Johnson; horseradish from a Kloceks and Kaplans; salsa from Skunk Hollow; beef and cheese trays from Steve’s Meat Market and Dean’s Smoke Shack; steaks, pig roasts, beef burgers, sausage sticks and jerky from Geneva Meats; pizza from Casey’s; homemade unfeeling hamburger soup from Verona Winegar; a salad basket and quarts of salad from Superior Foods; a celebration basket with all Minnesota products, including Spam and a bottle of Killebrew.

Other items: apple cake schnapps in memory of Matt Felt; a collectible automobile and motorcycle containing Jim Beam; a pointer that read, “If you’re not God or Garth Brooks, take your boots off;” a “Hunt” picture; a Minnesota Wild plaque; a plantation imitation from a Mike Bergland family; a Terry Redlin “Family Tradition” print; and Eddie Cochran print; a Minnesota Wild button in memory of Jean Thostenson; drink signs including Budweiser, Coors Light, Schmidt, Guinness and Bud Light; a Craft Brew kit; lemon meringue pies; frosted cranberry, peanut butter, chocolate chip, molasses, and chocolate waffle cookies; “nut busters;” deviled eggs, some with jalapenos; shrimp drop and crackers; and taco and plight dips with chips; “Nuts and Bolts;” “Puppy Chow;” home-canned jam; cherry and cranberry moonshine; rhubarb and apple booze from Pat Goodnature; a bottle of tequila from Hope; assorted bottles of booze and liquor; many cinema and musical signs; a design of Tony Oliva; tickets for a Pelican Breeze II; an ice fishing package; Arctic Cat coat; T-shirts and hats; Cordarrelle Patterson print donated by Daryl Paulsen.

Bidders had a choice of several dishes during George’s. A crock pot that had been brought to a bar and griddle for a initial weekend of a cancer auction was recycled and returned, filled with soup. There was also a integrate of crock pots of prohibited chili, duck dumpling, and potato and bean soup. One even came with crackers.

The “Iowa girls” donated a “Know Your ABCs” wall hanging; and there was a “County Road 4 – 1 mile – Hope” musical pointer embellished by Kelly Simon, who now lives out East. Kelly also done and donated a series of other signs or pictures.

There were present certificates or donations from Misgen’s, Geneva Bar Grill, Addie’s Floral, First Impressions, Dimensions, Curt’s Pharmacy, Jake’s Pizza, Taco John’s, Lerberg’s, Tom’s Taxidermy, New Richland Auto Repair, Al’s Body Shop, Security Insurance, CarHartt, Krause’s Feed, Dekalb, NAPA, a Minnesota Vikings, Clarks Grove Vet Clinic, Hope Creamery, Morgan’s Meat Market, Nick’s Meats, Jones Auto, Ulland Bros., Floor 4-U, Culligan, and a Star Eagle.

John Glynn donated an Ellendale-Geneva Raider pillow and there were Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Wild tickets. There were tickets for a Feb. 3 Minnesota vs. Purdue women’s basketball game, that is also Carlie Wagner Day.

The auction again had a good collection of quilts and blankets, including a series of blankets Judy Klukow made, and a series of scarves she done before she died in July.

Brittni Stieglbauer and Julie Haroldson donated items.

Brittni Hagen, Whtey’s granddaughter, again auctioned a few items, and a cooking celebration for 6 people donated by Pat King and Pat Reese Ceplecha was auctioned Saturday night.

Trisha Wayne supposing haircuts for dual special fundraising events. Ahne Ordalen of Albert Lea had her hair cut for “Locks Of Love” on Friday night and Katelyn Tollefson, who had hair issuing all a approach down her behind to her waist line, had her hair cut on Saturday night. Their “locks of love” will assistance others, mostly tiny children, who do not have hair due to cancer treatments.

Whitey again done strolls around a bar seeking income donations for cancer in interjection for what Ahne and Katelyn were doing. A sum of $317 was collected and $302.60 was donated in respect of Katelyn’’ haircut.

The pinkish piggy bank was behind this past weekend and again it was refilled with income that had been donated and afterwards auctioned. On Friday night a sum of $325 was ”fed” to a “pig” and on Saturday night a sum of $425 was donated.

Jim Manges and Justin Stieglbauer conducted a farm-related apportionment of a 2017 auction.

Steve Quam, Chuck Hagen, Tom Staska, Steve Jensen and Wayne Jensen presented a check for $3,000, income they helped lift during their annual YAUNT 2 Ranch Rodeo.

A booze cupboard that Steve Quam done and donated was auctioned. The cabinet, that came with several bottles of booze and glasses, brought $1,050.

Also done and donated: an outward storage/decorative section by Bunny Cornelius; a book shelf by Barb and Jack Kuchenbecker; a window dwindle design in memory of Jean Thostenson, who died 17 years ago, donated by her daughter, Wendy; a vast wooden highway grader done by Taff Worrell, won by Mike DenHerder.

A vast fibre design of Minnesota on a stable door, with a heart displayed in a middle, donated by Jennie Gollhofer and Doug “Gout” Willert, lifted $725, was donated behind and lifted an additional $550.

Again, a dozen yellow roses donated by Erling and Karen Hommedahl of Owatonna were auctioned off individually, a initial purchased by Whitey and given to his mother of 60 years, LaJune. Whitey paid $120 for his gift. Eleven people followed, with a final one being sole to Karen’s sister, Kelly, who texted her brother-in-law in Chicago and gave one to her sister, Karen, a cancer survivor for 24 years.

A vast wooden chess house and pieces combined from a accumulation of fish was auctioned.

Winning raffle tickets:

• SMART LED TV and BluRay Player – Thompson Sanitation

• $500 – Steve Klug

• $400 – Dan Harguth

• $300 – Barb Markus

• $200 – Samantha Keck

• $100 – Dan Niles

Whitey called Sunday afternoon to news that a grand sum of $105,000 had been lifted in this “small town” of Geneva over a march of a past year from a many opposite cancer fundraising events held.

We honour everybody who gave of their time and talents to these special events.

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