Event raises nearly $7,000 for Veterans Freedom Park
By Holly Neumann
It was a full house at Smith’s Manawa Steak House on Tuesday, April 19, for Taste of Wisconsin.
“We sold nearly all our tickets,” said John Smith. “It is great to see the community come together for this cause.”
With more than 100 people attending the event, nearly $7,000 was raised to help fund the Manawa Area Veterans Freedom Park.
Barb Hansen of Ogdensburg donated a military tribute quilt that she made.
“Quilting is my hobby,” said Johnson. “I have made one each year for Taste of Wisconsin.”
The quilt, which included uniforms from area veterans, stars of regulation size and stripes, was auctioned off throughout the night.
“This is such a great cause,” said Johnson. “I did nothing compared to those that have served.”
Those in attendance agreed that the park will be an asset to the community.
“It will be a nice addition to Manawa,” said Eileen Squires. “It’s an amazing tribute to our veterans.”
“My husband’s father was a veteran,” said Jackie Beyer. “He does not like to talk about it. Having the park here will be nice for him.”
Ivory Winds with Strings Attached entertained the guests with music during the event.
“We all have vets in our family,” said band member Joyce Josie. “This is our contributions to the city.”
One area veteran in attendance was Dr. Steve Goedderz, who served six months in Iraq.
“I think it’s really cool when a small town can come together in good times and bad,” he said. “It’s a privilege to be honored by the community in this capacity.”
Upcoming events to help raise additional funding will include the Veterans Freedom Shoot on May 14.
Trap shooting will take place at the Manawa Gun Club beginning at noon, followed by a banquet at Bear Lake Resort at 6 p.m. and will include a raffle and live auction.
Contact John at Smith’s Manawa Steak House to sign up. Costs will be $60 for shoot and banquet, or $20 for banquet only.