By Caroline Newsom
Kacie Carlsted’s friends will be taking the stage without her, Friday and Saturday Aug. 1 and 2, for the first time since a car accident in May left her in the hospital.
“Neighbors Helping Neighbors” is the name of the benefit, which is striving to bring the community together for this cause.
The benefit will include a silent auction, a meal, and a play, the latter of which will offer showtimes both Friday and Saturday night, Aug. 1-2. For the poster, click here.
The play, “The Snake In The Grass” (a melodrama written by Tim Kelly) will be Friday at 8 p.m. A second performance will be Saturday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The event will be conducted for the families who were affected by the accident that took the life of Howard Lake-Wavery-Winsted senior Madey Kleve. In addition to Carlsted, others injured in the accident were Mitch Bayerl and Brie Barfknecht.
Some of the items donated to the auction are handmade quilts, gift certificates, an Ipod, and an antique wooden boat model.
The play is “complete with a hero, heroine, villain, outlaws and a train track,” said artistic director Belinda Larson. “Being that Kacie and Brie [have been] so involved in theatre, in and around the community, it seemed only fitting that a play performance should be part of this benefit.”
The event will take place at the HLWW new high school located halfway between Howard Lake and Winsted on Wright Co. Rd. 6.
The Dassel-Cokato and HLWW drama clubs have come together for the production and partnered with St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake for the benefit.
“I just can’t wait for the day when Kacie can be up on stage with us again,” cast member Amanda Imberg said. Carlsted continues to recover from serious injuries due to the crash.
“It is also really cool that Madey’s sister, McCall has joined the cast for the play,” cast member Sara Butterfass said. “It’s a shame that the accident happened at all, but that it happened to such great people makes it that much worse. We invite everyone from the community to come to the benefit, and tell their friends. Help make Neighbors Helping Neighbors a huge success!”
Suggested donations are $10 for the meal, $5 for a kid’s hot dog meal, and $10 for the show.
Matching funds will be applied for through Wright County Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. For more donation information, call St. John’s Lutheran Church at (320) 543-2227.
For ticket information, please call HLWW Community Education in Howard Lake at (320) 543-3600. Tickets can be purchased and picked up at the Community Education office Monday, July 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., using the west door of the middle school near the playground.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, but due to the limited number of seating, attendees are asked to purchase their tickets in advance.
Benefit set for Fri., Sat. at HLWW High School
Two nights are set aside for the benefit, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2 at the new HLWW High School.
Friday will feature a dinner and silent auction, which will be conducted from 4-8 p.m., with a play to follow at 8 p.m.
Saturday will incude a second show time at 7:30 p.m.
Suggested donations are as follows: $10 for the meal (pork chops), $5 for a kid’s hot dog meal, and $10 for the show.
Tickets are on sale at the Community Education office in the HLWW middle school Monday, July 28 between 5-7 p.m.