Good Neighbors published Aug. 9, 2019

The Tribune publishes news about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers on the community page each Friday in Good Neighbors. Items can be emailed to with “good neighbors item” in the subject line. Deadline is noon on Tuesday.

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Willmar Kiwanis

WILLMAR – The Willmar Kiwanis is seeking nominations for the Kiwanis Touch-A-Life award. The Willmar Kiwanis Club since 1978 has recognized a citizen of Kandiyohi County who has an outstanding record of volunteering service to the community.

Typically, the award winner has provided ongoing volunteer service to the community, his or her church, school system, local government, or other organizations or programs. The first awardee was Bev Rosenbaum and the most recent three were Robert Anderson, Carol Myers and Dennis Benson. Nomination forms as well as the history of the award are available from Kiwanis President Christina Boike at or online at Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 31.

PWELC Prairie Stars

SPICER – The 12th annual Music Under the Prairie Stars benefit will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in rural Spicer. Tickets are $50 each for the dinner of locally grown foods, live music, cocktails and a “green” silent auction. Call 320-354-5894. Proceeds will benefit environmental education for youth.

Butch Weseman

FOREST CITY – The Butch Weseman Memorial Tractor Pull will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in Forest City. There will be classes from 3,000 pounds to 12,500 pounds, with no speed limit or tire rules; $20 a hook with proceeds donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Kenzie Kelash and Brandon Ritt

NEW LONDON – A ham dinner benefit for Kenzie Kelash and Brandon Ritt who were in a motorcycle accident will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the American Legion in New London. A driver in the car didn’t see them, made a U-turn and hit them on their cycle. Kelash suffered multiple injuries including a broken leg and back injuries. Ritt had multiple injuries including his right leg being amputated. The benefit will include a ham dinner $10, kid’s chicken strips and fries $5; baked goods for sale, silent auction and bucket raffle. Donations may also be sent to Kelash-Ritt Benefit at the Lake Region Bank in New London and Willmar.


Blue Star Mothers

WILLMAR — Blue Star Mothers Willmar Chapter 1 meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Willmar Army Reserve. The parents of military meet for support and to pack boxes to send to deployed troops. They are collecting snacks, hygiene products, paperback novels and notes to be included in the packages. Donation boxes are available at Heritage Bank and the Willmar Army Reserve. If you would like the group to include someone you know who is deployed, send the name and address to Blue Star Mothers, Box 206, Pennock, MN 56279, along with your contact phone number.

Charity walk/ride/bike

Charity events such as walkathons, runs, motorcycle rides and bicycle rides in the area are listed here, including event details, where it will be held, how to register and fundraising events associated with it.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Sept. 28, 10 a.m., Robbins Island, Willmar. Check-in and registration at 9 a.m., opening ceremony 10 a.m. Pre-register online at

Habitat for Humanity

WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore is accepting donations of building materials, large appliances, furniture and more. All donations must be approved by staff before acceptance. Donations can be brought to 2424 First Street South in Willmar between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information contact 320-235-9000 or .

E-quip Africa

WILLMAR – E-quip Africa in Willmar is accepting newer, smaller computers such as laptops and slim or compact desktops which are easier to ship. All computers need their original power supplies, cords, keyboards and mice and be in good working condition. They need to be Windows machines running Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. Call 320-894-1680 for more information or how to donate equipment. A $25 cash donation is suggested which will help us ship the computers to West African schools.

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