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Raising money for the Honor Flight was a fun affair

August 14, 2011
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

You knew this was coming. I'm going to gush about how much fun I had at last Sunday's benefit for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight and how good the entertainment was. I've got to do it. If I don't, my head could explode from all those extra happy words wading around in there.

If you remember - even if you don't remember - a benefit for the Honor Flight went on Aug. 7 in the showroom at Shimkat Motor Co., and we raised almost $3,100. Not as much as I had hoped, but a whole lot better than nothing.

Right about now, if my dad were alive, he'd be snorting at me, saying I'd bitch if I were hung with a golden rope, and I guess he's right. No matter how good something is, I always think it could be better.

It's not only hard to live like that, it's almost impos- sible to ever be satisfied.

Committee members for the Honor Flight seemed happy with the outcome, so that should nudge my unease into nonexistence. So, I'm going to start over.

Hello folks, let me tell you about the most fun in town last Sunday. It was a day full of sweets and giveaways and a whole lot of music.

Eddie Simpson, my friend from Boxholm who is an Elvis tribute singer, called in other singers he knew to make an afternoon program. He said a few of the Harmony Brigade barbershoppers would be there, but the whole gang showed up. I, of course, introduced them as a barbershop quartet. Sometimes my brain goes out on its own when my mouth opens.

Then Maurice Jules Walker, of Webster City, added the sounds of Motown, music of the late '50s and the '60s.

It was a mixed bag of blessing, that's what it was.

But before I forget or run out of room, I've got to make some thank yous.

To Bruce Shimkat, of course, for the use of the showroom. To Iowa Central Community College and Dan Garst at Party Productions for chairs and Patsy and Gary Tussing for hauling the Party Productions chairs. To Saint Edmond High School Music Department for the staging, and First United Methodist Church for the sound system used by the Brigade and by me. I was the emcee. Scott Johnston, sales manager at Shimkat, set all that up.

We wanted water for the people attending in case the weather blistered again, and that was donated by the Pepsi Co. and Hy-Vee. Cookies and bars were made by Agnes Kesterson, Benita McLarnan, Shirley Redding, Jean Warg, Marie Kenworthy, Dawn Farr, Elly Simpson, Jannik Bacon and Joyce Wearmouth. Those are good women to know if your sweet tooth ever acts up.

The donation raffle items we offered were outstanding and seemed to have a life of their own. Every time I looked at the table, more stuff showed up. The first item chosen in the drawing was a 3-foot-square yard/barn quilt made by Dwight Kaufman. It was red, white and blue and called "Storm at Sea." Too bad a sailor didn't get that. Shoot, maybe one did, I don't know.

A year's subscription to The Messenger went next, then eagle heads painted on feathers by Eddie Simpson. Hy-Vee sent stuff over, and after people started showing up, Bruce Shimkat put more things on the table. Mike and Carol Locke gave us four martini glasses and a quart of Black Lab vodka, and Paul "Shorty" Petersen, of Boxholm, dropped two sets of two tickets for the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad on the table.

Marcella Winninger chose a reflexology session from Marcia Lenning in Humboldt. Lenning's father-in-law was on one of the first Honor Flights, so she wanted to help raise money for the last flight.

I didn't see who chose the clock from that new store in town, Real Deals in Home Decor. I think that's the proper name. It was opened by the Z girls - Janelle Hotz, Beth Plautz and Shawn Portz. And the gift certificates to Fazoli's and Tres Amigos went so fast, I couldn't see who took what.

There was so much more, just no room to tell you. You should have been there. If you weren't, this is the one that got away. But - and isn't there always a but? - if you want, you may still donate to the cause by sending a tax-deductible check to the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, P.O. Box 2018, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

Do it. Help out.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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