It’s all for charity

Tickets now available for 32nd annual Hospice Charity Event and Auction

MARSHALL — The Red Baron Arena and Expo in Marshall was a godsend to Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care. The larger venue has made it possible to double the seating capacity for its annual fundraiser.

The Prairie Home Hospice Charity Event & Auction will take place April 7 at the Red Baron.

“Last year was our first year at the Red Baron Arena & Expo,” said Tara Plante, fundraising and events manager for Prairie Home Hospice. “The larger venue allowed us to nearly double our attendance and ticket sales, and gave us more room to display the hundreds of silent and live auction items we have up for grabs. We’re happy to be back at the Red Baron again this year.”

The night will begin with the social hour from 5-7 p.m., when guests can browse the many auction items on display. At 7 p.m. the Hitching Post will serve dinner, featuring barbecued ribs and chicken with all the fixings.

“We had Hitching Post last year,” said Plante. “They do a great job. Everyone loves their food. We got lots of compliments.”

Plante said 420 attended last year.

“Every year we try to get more,” said Plante. “We don’t want to turn anyone away.”

Plante said not only is the event the biggest fundraiser for Prairie Home Hospice, it’s a way for all of its supporters to be under one roof.

“Eighty to 90 percent of our supporters come,” she said. “We have several fundraisers throughout the years that people come to, but this event has every business donating auctions items or attending.”

Money raised goes toward providing care for hospice patients and families.

“Prairie Home Hospice is a grassroots nonprofit organization established by the communities we serve,” said Plante.“Those communities are still the heart and soul of our organization today. Each year, hundreds of people, businesses and organizations from across Lyon County come together to support our Charity Event & Auction. Funds raised through this event help to ensure that we can continue to live up to our commitment of providing compassionate hospice care to those in need, regardless of their ability to fully pay for that care. As the number of patients we serve continues to grow each year and we open our second hospice house, the funds we raise through events like this are more important than ever, in order to continue to provide the quality of care that patients and their families have come to expect and deserve from Prairie Home Hospice.”

This year’s theme is “Camping Under the Stars.”

“We’re going to work with the staff at Red Baron Arena & Expo to create a night sky to set the stage for the evening,” said Plante. “We’ll have thousands of stars on the ceiling.”

Plante said it couldn’t be done without their volunteers.

“None of our events could happen without our hundreds of volunteers,” she said. For the charity event, “we have a committee run by Kelly Brunsvold and Deb Herrmann.”

The event at the Red Baron is hosted by Lockwood Motors.

“Chet’s a huge supporter,” said Plante of Lockwood owner Chet Lockwood.

The entertainment will be provided by Dueling Pianos, performers who play the piano and sing hits from the 1950s to the present.

Plante said attendees’ ages are from “20 to 90, so we try to please everyone,” she said.

She encourages everyone to stay throughout the evening and after the live auction.

“In the past there has been a rush to get the items paid for,” she said. “We try to improve on the process and make it quicker.” The Southwest Minnesota State accounting club developed a system to process the 2,000 auction items.

“They are a huge help,” she said. “It used to be all done by hand.”

The live auction will include a number of get-away packages, including a $6,000 Bursch Travel Certificate for your Dream Vacation Destination; a week at a private home on the Pacific Ocean beach in Nicaragua, along with a travel voucher; a Dream Vacation Getaway with travel voucher that allows the bearer to choose from hundreds of vacation destinations; a Sportman’s Paradise Package that includes a customized hunt for your party at Heartland Preserve, fishing rod from Borch’s, gift certificates from Barrels & Arrows and Shooters, and a weekend guided fishing trip from Fish Addictions that includes lodging, equipment and bait; a Grill Master’s Fantasy Package loaded with a big Green Egg grill courtesy of ACE Hardware, 1/4 beef, whole hog and grilling accessories. View more auction highlights on Facebook and at in the coming weeks.

Hospice Charity Event tickets

Tickets for the Annual Hospice Charity Event are available at Hy-Vee, Running’s, Lockwood Motors and the Prairie Home Hospice & Community Care office. Tickets are $65 per person if purchased before March 31.

Beginning April 1, ticket prices increase to $75 per person. To reserve tickets or a table for the event, call the Prairie Home Hospice & Community Care office at 507-337-0080.