Tailgating Benefits Samaritan Fund
Iowa-ISU rivalry raises stakes at Friendship Haven event
August 3, 2012
This news release is courtesy of Messenger News.
August 3, 2012
By HANS MADSEN, firstname.lastname@example.org , Messenger News
Most of the events at the fourth annual Legends Tailgate fundraiser at Friendship Haven are meant to be fun and entertaining - except, perhaps, one.
It might, according to co-chairs Angie Tracy and Ashley O'Brion, cause some shifting alliances and perhaps even a good-natured argument or two. Depending on how the coin lands, that is.
"It's a fun Iowa versus Iowa State game," Tracy said. "Will they stay true or will they flip on their team to win cash?"
Their team favorite rivalry was already affecting them Friday.
"We don't like each other," Tracy joked.
"We're OK except on one day in September," O'Brion said, referencing the annual game between the rival teams.
The goal Friday was to raise $20,000 for Friendship Haven's Good Samaritan Fund, they said. The fund's purpose is to aid Friendship Haven residents who have run out of funding options so they don't have to leave for financial reasons.
Bruce Shimkat, of Fort Dodge, was enjoying the evening in the shade with friends and his wife, Sally.
"My wife bid on about half the silent auction items," Shimkat said.
They were both looking forward to the live auction where Phil Gunderson was expecting a fair amount of bidding.
"It should be brisk and competitive," Gunderson said.
Shimkat is proud of the work the Good Samaritan Fund has done.
"No one has ever been asked to leave Friendship Haven because they ran out of money," he said.
Peggy Dowd, 85, who has lived there for seven years, said knowing she won't have to leave for financial reasons is a source of peace and comfort.
She was also having a fun evening enjoying some tailgating food with a group of friends.
"The food is good," Dowd said.
But she was avoiding the silent auction items.
"We got rid of things when we moved out here," she said. "We're downsizing."
Ann Moody, of Huntsville, Ala., is visiting relatives. Her mother is a Friendship Haven resident.
"I love this place," Moody said. "Mom living here has been the greatest blessing."
The safety net of the fund is a comfort, she said, adding that she appreciates the care given to her mom.
"She's safe," said Moody. "She's happy."
About Friendship Haven
Friendship Haven is a non-profit, continuing care retirement community in Fort Dodge, Iowa, that offers a full range of residential options, services and amenities for over 400 older adults. For more information, visit www.friendshiphaven.org.
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