HJ/EDJuly 24, 2006

Supporting our troops: Operation We Care

By Samantha Schommer
Staff Intern

A day of live music, sports, drawings, a silent and a live auction will take place Saturday, July 29 at the Hollywood Sports Complex.

Not only does it sound like fun, it is for a good cause.

Operation We Care is made up of several local ladies who are inspired to work for a common goal: the soldiers in Iraq.

Many of the ladies from We Care are mothers, wives, sisters, mothers-in-laws, and sisters-in-laws to the hardworking troops serving in Iraq.

Members of the Winsted-based organization include Theresa Wemhoff, Linda Pariseau, Shannon Wemhoff, Kaye Helmbrecht, Cheryl Bayerl, Ann Heimerl, Samantha Lemke, Shirley Carlson, Kate Jewett, Deanne Wemhoff, Patty Wemhoff, and Bonnie Schoenfeld.

Soldiers Will Pace, Kurt Lemke, and Art Wemhoff, all originally from the Winsted area, are the inspiration for the group.

“We wanted to do something special for our boys,” said Theresa Wemhoff, the chairwoman of Operation We Care.

After several months of planning and hard work, the final result should be worth it.

The itinerary includes: a free will donation pork chop dinner from 3:30 to 6 p.m., a silent auction from 2 to 6 p.m., drawings every hour from 6 to 10 p.m. , and a live auction at 7 p.m.

There are several items in the silent auction including beauty products, collectibles, T-shirts, a Budweiser golf bag, Beanie Babies, Miller collectibles, Vikings memorabilia, tools, kitchen appliances, candles, paintings, as well as many more items.

The live auction includes items such as a recliner, a bookcase, a guitar, and a handmade quilt.

Drawings for gift certificates to local businesses will be held hourly throughout the day.

The Open Road Cruisers will have their cars on display all afternoon as well.

Live music will be provided by Squishy Mud in the afternoon and the Double Ds starting at 8 p.m.

Throughout the day, volleyball and baseball can be played.

Everything has been donated except for the meal, the group commented.

“The support from the community has been phenomenal, and we greatly appreciate it,”Wemhoff said.

Operation We Care strongly encourages everyone to come out on July 29 to help raise money to send out care packages to the men and women serving in Iraq.

“It has really hit home, especially since the local kids got killed over there. We just want to help them all out,” commented Wemhoff.

Operation We Care strongly encourages everyone to come out to help support the cause and asks that anyone who may have names and addresses of soldiers that would like a care package should contact OWC.

To donate:

Mail donations to:

Operation We Care

PO Box 340

Winsted, MN 55395

To volunteer your time: Call Deann at (320) 237-3863 or Patty at (320) 485-3996

For more information: Call Theresa at (320) 485-5191 or Patty at (320) 485-3996

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