Since 2002, the Friendship Fund has distributed more than $335,000 to over 550 individuals and families in the area who have experienced catastrophic illnesses or accidents. Along with a check comes a letter explaining that although no one will receive a huge donation, the Friendship Fund wants the recipient to know that the community cares about them.
The 14th annual Friendship Fund Benefit is set for Saturday, Sept. 12 at the American Legion Post 214 in Darlington. Money raised will be distributed throughout the following year.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with a $5 donation requested. The American Legion’s steak and chicken fry will be available from 4:30-8 p.m. in the lower level. Music will be provided by Jim Jacobson from 6-7 p.m., and the auction starts at 7 p.m.
Auctioneer Dick White will once again volunteer his services for the auction.
The Friendship Fund Board of Directors-Steve Fitzsimons, John Knellwolf, Angie Thuli, Chris Virtue, Deb Whalen, Peggy North, Heidi Tuescher-Gille, Denny Murphy and Kathy Brecklin-plan to have a little fun.
Donations of auction items will be accepted until the start of the auction. To donate new, antique or collectible items or services, call Chris Virtue at Virtue Motors: 776-4431.
The Friendship Fund president, Steve Fitzsimons, wants to encourage your attendance at the auction.
“Our community is so giving, so we have many incredible and unique items at the auction,” said Fitzsimons. “However, the success of the auction also hinges upon people taking time out of their busy schedules to come and enjoy the electric atmosphere of the evening and bid on these wonderful donations. So, be sure to come and enjoy the entertainment, visit with friends, and participate in the auction!”
To have auction items included in the list printed in the Republican Journal, call by 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4.
To make a cash donation, make checks payable to the Friendship Fund and mail to P.O. Box 102, Darlington, WI 53530 or drop off at Virtue Motors in Darlington.