Raffle tickets supporting Because of Brandon, a fund raiser supporting area diabetes patients, are now on sale at various locations throughout the area. Prizes include a 2018 Alterra 500 ATV valued at $4,999, Ruttger’s weekend, .22 LR Barracuda gun, $150, and $50.
All raffle proceeds fund youth diabetes camps, patient travel expenses, and educational events. Tickets are only $10 and available at: Barstock, C-I Pub, Croft Pub & Grub, Crosby Bar & Grill, Crosby-Ironton Courier, Culver’s in Baxter, Cuyuna Brewing, Cuyuna Lakes Pharmacy, Deerstand, Deerwood Bank, Deerwood True Value, Ironton Legion, Log Cabin in Emily, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Spalding, and Town Tavern.
The third annual event planned for Saturday, July 28, at the Crosby Bar & Grill is in memory of Brandon Houge, a young man from Ironton who unexpectedly passed away from complications of diabetes. A benefit for Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Department, the event will include an ATV ride, beer and wine tasting, silent auction, barbecue, raffles, and street dance featuring Pandemic from St. Cloud.
Since Because of Brandon was established two years ago, more than $100,000 has been raised to fund youth diabetes camps, patient travel expenses, and educational events. Most of the funds provide scholarships for youth to attend Camp Needlepoint, a week-long, summer outdoor camp on the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wisc., for youngsters with diabetes. The camp lets children have a great time participating in traditional activities while connecting with others with diabetes. Healthcare professionals oversee daily diabetes care and help campers learn to manage and live successfully with their disease. Scholarship recipients have been from Crosby, Aitkin, Pequot Lakes and Longville.