House raising fundraiser kicks into high gear


By Marianne Curtis

   It has been a busy month for organizers of a fundraiser taking place on September 11 that is expected to help a single mom rebuild her home.

   On September 11 the Hey Niki! We are gonna RAISE YOUR ROOF! fundraiser is taking place at the Friedensfeld Hall and grounds. The one day event features a full scale auction sale and two live concerts with performances by over a dozen local entertainers.

   The entire proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards purchasing building supplies to help Niki Guerrero, from Kleefeld, rebuild her home which was destroyed in a fire last year. Without insurance, the single parent of four, along with her children, has been left homeless for over a year.

   A local building company has generously offered to help with supplies and local volunteers in Kleefeld will be building the home once the materials are purchased. Guerrero admits that she is amazed with the response to the fundraiser which is being organized by a number of her friends.

   “I am not used to all this attention but it is nice to be able to believe that this might be over soon,” Guerrero referred to the stressful past year. “It has been a rough year but, I am learning that I live in a world full of amazing people.”

    Doors for the all day event open at 9:00 a.m. when the public is invited to drop off items for a full scale auction sale that will begin at 11:00. Several businesses from around the area have already donated large items like new appliances and furniture that will by auctioned off by Penner Auctions. Items are also being welcomed for a giant bake sale that will take place all day.

   The entire day will be packed with activities for young and old. There will be children’s face painting, food and tons of activities throughout the day.

   Besides the auction, a big portion of the proceeds will be raised from a variety of concerts. So far 13 bands from throughout the region have volunteered their talents for either an afternoon show or evening rock concert. During the afternoon half a dozen easy listening entertainers will take to the outdoor stage, including Mitchell James, Jeremy Shaun, Isaiah 6, Uncle Sinner, and Fallen September. For those seeking something heavier, local rock bands take to the stage starting at 7:00. Bands include Silent Amber, Seahorse Roundabout, Second Regret, Split Crooked, Tyrants Demise and Dreadnaut.

   Attending the event is free but tickets for the concerts are $25 for either or $40 for both. Children’s tickets are $10. They can be purchased at Ultimate Look in Steinbach. As a family event, no alcohol will be served.

   Organizers are also hoping for a number of volunteers to help with any of the day’s events. Those interested can email Roxie Kehler at kehlerox@mts.net or call 392-4607 for more information.

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