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Band fundraiser brings in big bucks

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Exceeding its preliminary total of $1,500, a more recent tally shows he Fort High senior band raised more than $3,000 towards its trip to Germany and Austria next March Break at an Oktoberfest dinner and silent auction last Thursday evening at the Legion here.

“It’s been a month in the making but we got what we were aiming for,” enthused co-organizer Eric Fagerdahl.

“We probably had about 130 people,” he noted. “We printed up 200 tickets, and were a little worried about sales, but we had a lot of ‘walk-through-the-door’ traffic.

“And, of course, the food was good,” he added.

Fagerdahl, Donna Kowalchuk, Kathy Cuthbertson, Sylvia Gunderson, and Carol McFayden cooked up brautwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, and cake for the meal, which was served up by even more volunteers.

Meanwhile, dozens of items--from photo albums to homemade crafts--were up for bid in the silent auction portion of the evening.

“We were ecstatic about the silent auction. The businesses downtown have come through once again,” said Fagerdahl. “I know they’re asked to help out with things like this several times every month so we’re very grateful to them.”

The top auction items were two Robert Bateman prints, donated by the artist, which fetched more than $600 each. They were snatched up by Michael DeGagne.

And for those who wanted Oktoberfest memories a little on the silly side, people could have their pictures taken while sticking their heads through a wooden cut-out of a German girl and boy, courtesy of Nancy Gibb.

Bill Gushulak emceed the evening.

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