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April 23, 2007

Operation We Care benefit planned for area troops stationed overseas

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Soldiers overseas won’t just wonder if local residents remember them, pending the next serving of “Operation We Care.” They’ll know.

The Winsted-based group has planned a benefit, for area troops stationed overseas, Saturday, April 28 at the Blue Note in Winsted from 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

“These men and women are the heart of America and are fighting to preserve the freedoms that so many people take for granted. We hope everyone will show their support by attending our event,” Theresa Wemhoff, chairman of the organization, said.

Music is being donated by Double D band from Winsted and Squishy Mud band from Montrose.

The Double D plays a wide variety of music and Squishy Mud plays some blues and oldies, as well as a little bit of everything.

A silent auction will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., with many articles to bid on including Jim Hansel prints, original works of art by Angie Lachermeier, original blown glass, and much more.

The live auction is to begin at 7 p.m., offering a recliner, bookcase, cabinet, Budweiser military mirror collection (consists of five mirrors honoring each branch of the military), and more.

There isn’t a charge for admission, but a free-will donation can be made at the door. A meal of roast beef will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at a cost of $10 per plate.

Door prize drawings will take place between 6:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets will be $1 per chance and the winner must be present to win.

There will also be drawings for the kids this year.

Some of the group’s major donors are the Blue Note Ballroom, Budweiser Thorpe Distributing, the Cabinet Shop, Dura Supreme, Hennen Furniture, Herald Journal, Hollywood Booster Club, and the Minnesota Artists and Crafters.

Last year, the benefit took place in July at the Hollywood Sports Complex. Operation We Care, made up of relatives and friends of those serving in the military, raised almost $10,000 at that time. They are hoping to do better this year.

“It was 100 degrees outside that day, and a lot of people didn’t get to attend because of the heat. There were three huge weddings in the area, too. We hope we picked a better weekend this year,” Wemhoff said.

With donations made from last year, care packages were sent to all area military serving in Iraq. The packages contained cards, games, microwavable meals, desserts, lotions, deodorants, pens, paper, candies, crosswords, word find books, gloves, and other useful items.

In May, the organization plans to send out another 50 to 75 care packages. So far packages have only been sent to troops in Iraq, but the organization will send a package to any addresses they receive for any service member overseas.

Operation We Care committee members are: Chairman Theresa Wemhoff, Secretary/Treasurer Patty Wemhoff, Deane Wemhoff, Cheryl Bayerl, Shirley Carlson, Kate Jewett, and Linda Pariseau.

If you wish to make a donation to Operation We Care:

• to donate an item for the silent or live auction, contact Theresa Wemhoff at (320) 485-6005.

• cash donations may be mailed to PO Box 340, Winsted, MN 55395.

If you wish to make a donation to Operation We Care:

• to donate an item for the silent or live auction, contact Theresa Wemhoff at (320) 485-6005.

• cash donations may be mailed to PO Box 340, Winsted, MN 55395.


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