GOODLAND — Hijinks to funnel hard cash toward an austere, but uplifting cause.
This was the scene at traditionally rollicking Stan’s Idle Hour restaurant on Goodland on Saturday for the annual Avow Hospice fundraiser.
Early turnout was a little disappointing, likely due to the first pleasantly warm day for weeks, according to Avow Hospice’s Deborah Jonsson.
However, door ticket and T-shirt sales as well as donations were fairly brisk as the afternoon pulled in more people.
Bikini-clad Canadian friends Bridgitte St. Agermain and Emilie Richard drummed up many donations, especially when they joined restaurant owner, event host and jovial octogenarian Stan Gober on stage while he sang the Yankee Dollar Song.
Cameron Harris, a teenage visitor from Green Bay, touted T-shirts at one of the stalls.
“I support this ... I go along with it,” she said, adding that she understands the dignity-in-death aspect attached to the nonprofit organization.
Avow’s Jonsson paid special tribute to stalwart supporter Kathy Hughes and her late husband, Larry Sheets, whom she said had been invaluable helpers from the start of this particular event, now in its 15th year.
Jonsson said fund-raising is a necessity for the organization because it offsets costs not covered for care, such as grief counseling.
“Also, we have some reimbursement from Medicaid and people who are insured, but they don’t usually cover the full costs for care,” she said.
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To reach Avow Hospice: (239) 261-4404.