BY GABE LICHT
DELANO AND LORETTO, MN Stacie Nelson, of Loretto, suffered a stroke July 6, and spent six weeks at North Memorial Hospital.
She returned home Aug. 16, but still has a long road of recovery ahead of her.
Friends have organized two fundraisers for Saturday, Sept. 10, to raise funds for Nelson and her family.
The first event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Delano Area Sports Arena.
It will feature music from Red Dot Garage, kids games, a silent auction, raffle, wine pull, and “bake walk.”
“Instead of a cake walk, we’ll have a bake walk,” organizer Heidi Voss said. “If your number is picked, you’ll win. We have a big community of families who bake a lot.”
The event will also feature a pulled pork sandwich meal with coleslaw, beans, chips, a cookie, and a beverage for $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger.
“The meat will be done by Derek Schansberg and Scott Schreier,” Voss said. “They’re from two different barbecuing teams coming together to do this. They’re doing all the processing for free. Jubilee Foods in Mound is donating the side dishes. Stacie’s husband, Dave, is the manager there. They said, ‘Whatever you need, let us know.’”
Individuals can drop off baked goods from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the hockey rink.
To donate an item for the silent auction, email email@example.com.
Later, at 7 p.m., Axel’s Tavern in Loretto will host a meal and raffle with music by the Prairie Boys, followed by the Loretto Fun Fest fireworks.
Dobo’s Cafe will provide food for both events.
In addition to the events, friends are selling T-shirts donated by LSC Apparel, of Delano, and designed in part by Twisted Piston Apparel, of Winsted for $10 and hats donated by BagyJo, of Maple Plain for $15. To order a T-shirt or hat, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voss said Nelson is thankful for everyone who has supported her and her family.
“She is humbled by the amount of people that have reached out to her and her family,” Voss wrote on Nelson’s Caring Bridge page. “She kept saying, ‘I can’t believe it.’ Stacie has always been the person that steps up to help other people, so this is new territory for her.”
For years, the Nelsons have been involved with Delano hockey, and have recently gotten involved with Delano lacrosse, as well.
“She’s been on the hockey board for several years,” Voss said. “She does all the registration. If there’s something we need for hockey, we ask her. It’s a huge part of who she is. It’s a loss for us not to have her knowledge right now.”
Voss has been in contact with Nelson throughout her recovery process.
“She has a great sense of humor and is aware of everything going on,” Voss said.
Nelson travels to North Memorial five days per week for speech and occupational therapy.
Her mother-in-law has been staying with the family and transporting Nelson to those appointments. Others will be needed to help transport Nelson to appointments in the future. They may sign up by visiting Nelson’s Caring Bridge page, selecting “ways to help” and selecting “visit planner.”