Good Neighbors published Sept. 1, 2021

Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Wednesdays should be emailed to by noon Friday.

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PWELC Prairie Stars

SPICER — The annual “Music Under the Prairie Stars” benefit will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in rural Spicer. Tickets are $50 each for the dinner, live music, cocktails, “green” silent auction and live “Fund a Need” auction for the biomass boiler project. Call 320-354-5894 . Proceeds will benefit environmental education for youth.

Willmar Lions

WILLMAR — The Willmar Lions annual Pancake Day will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Willmar Community Center. All you can eat Chris Cakes, sausage and beverages. Adult tickets are $9, ages 12 and under are $5, carry-outs available.

Litchfield Opera House

LITCHFIELD — A soup or chili feed fundraiser will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Litchfield Opera House. The band Group Decision will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. The 10-piece professional band plays music from the 1940s to today, swing, big band, rock, blues and Latin.

Renville County West

RENVILLE — The RCW High School Spain travel group will have a Dad’s Belgian Waffle feed from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Renville Community Center to raise money for a trip to Spain next year. All you can eat waffles, sausages and beverages. Adult tickets are $8, ages 6-12 are $5, 5 and under eat free. Carry-outs available.

Free paper shredding

WILLMAR — The annual paper shredding event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25, at Kensington Bank, 2800 First St. S. in Willmar. The cost to have documents shredded is a donation to the Willmar Area Food Shelf.


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. 18, 9 a.m., Robbins Island, Willmar. Check-in and registration 9 a.m., opening ceremony at 10 a.m. with the walk to follow. Participants can walk in their neighborhood or via the official mobile app or in-person following provided COVID-19 safety protocols. Register online at .

Out of the Darkness: Sept. 25, 11 a.m., Robbins Island, Willmar. Check-in and registration 10 a.m., walk at 11 a.m. to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Register in advance at . For more information, contact Ray Stenglein at 320-295-6000 or email .

Wild Spirit Sanctuary

RAYMOND — Wild Spirit Sanctuary is conducting a shoe drive through Oct. 22 to raise funds to build enclosures for wildlife rehabilitation and non releasable captive wildlife in Granite Falls. The shoes will be sold to Funds2Orgs based on the total weight of the shoes collected. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at 101 Babcock Ave. in Raymond.

PACT for Families

PACT for Families is collecting basic school supplies for Renville County schools. To donate, call Sandy Hruby or Lynnette Sommers at the PACT office, 320-231-7030 , or by email or .

Moore Engineering

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Moore Engineering donated $25,282 to the West Central Minnesota Chapter of Safe Families for Children. Employees contributed money for the cause during Moore Engineering’s annual gathering this summer, and then it was matched by the company. The chapter serves Douglas, Pope, Grant, Traverse and Stevens counties.

Habitat for Humanity

WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore accepts 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 .

Related Topics: EVENTSFAMILY
Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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