Catch a part of Vikings fever
Put your extra spending money aside and win an autographed photo of Stefon Diggs, the Minnesota Viking wide receiver who was part of the Minneapolis Miracle on Jan. 14.
Diggs, #14, is now recognized as one of the most celebrated Minnesota Vikings football player after he caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum that put the Vikings in the National Football Conference championship game against Philadelphia.
The Diggs photo, showing him making another miraculous catch during the season, was sent to the organizers of the Blooming Prairie Youth Club Benefit Bash planned for Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen’s Club.
This premium item will be one of many items in a live action that night. The photo was received prior to the Minneapolis Miracle.
“I have the photo under lock and key,” said Bash co-chair Ashley Marquardt. She and co-chair Andrea Kvalsten expect the action photo to be one of the more popular items on the auction. “We got lucky,” Marquardt said.
An evening of fun and excitement is planned for the third Benefit Bash. The bash was formerly called The Gala.
A silent action, raffles and food specials are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 3. The silent auction ends at 7 p.m. The live auction begins at 7:15 p.m.
Some new games are planned for the evening and special appreciation awards will be given to active Youth Club volunteers.
Former board member LeMar Nelson will be recognized for his contributions to the BP Boys and Girls Club and to the Youth Club over the years. He continues to be a strong supporter of the Youth Club. Per Kvalsten will present the award to Nelson.
The awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Awards to be given out include:
• Super supporter
• Generous giver
• Awesome advocate
Let’s take a look at some of the other exciting activities planned for the night:
• Hog raffle, 500 tickets will be sold at $10 a ticket. First prize is a half processed hog donated by LeMar Nelson. First prize is the half hog, second prize is $200 cash and third prize is $100 cash. Tickets are now on sale. The drawing will be at the Bash, need not be present to win.
• Unlock the prize: A late prize will be locked in a safe or box with a padlock. Participants pay $10 for a key/per try and whoever has the right key opens the box and gets the prize inside. Only 20 keys will be sold.
• Heads and tails game: Coin flip, $5 each participant. Last one standing collects 50 percent of the take.
• Wine Pull: Deck of cards will be used, $5 a card. The bottle (could be expensive label) on the other half of the card is the bottle to be taken home. Everyone will get at least a $5 bottle of wine. Last call is 6:45 p.m. Winners can pick up their bottles at 7 p.m.
• Pie in the face: Buckets with photos of board members will be displayed at the bash. Vote for your favorite Youth Club board member you wish to target with a pie in the face. Following the live auction, the board member with the most money in the bucket will get a pie in the face.
Other auction items expected to draw big bids include stays at hotels and casinos; quilts; baskets with variety of merchandise; Scentsy basket; makeup basket; kids baskets; Cheri Krejci’s Christmas cookies; cabin rental at Brookside Campgrounds; birthday party for 12 donated by Blooming Prairie cheerleaders; gift certificates from local merchants and cash donations.
Anyone wishing to make donations may leave the items at the BP Youth Club or call Ashley at 507-440-9922 or Andrea at 507-993-0210.
Proceeds from the bash go directly back to the kids for youth programs, field trips, educational programming and summer activities.
Last year’s bash raised nearly $20,000. This year’s goal is $30,000. “We are hefty goal setters,” remarked Andrea.
Both Marquardt and Kvalsten encourage involvement from local volunteers. “Everyone has something to offer,” Andrea said. “I’m offering an authentic Mexican meal,” she related. Other food items will also be on the docket as will some secret recipes.