MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser â€" The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the "Help!" release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
The fundraiser took place at The Rock on Highway 107 in Merrill. Free hot dogs and ice cream (provided by Culvers) were provided in conjunction with National Hot Dog Day as well as Vanilla Ice Cream Cone Day. The event organizers say that the money from the events will be split evenly.
"They can make a donation for anybody that they want," says Local 6 Executive Board Member Doug Curtis. "If they want it to go specifically to the Humane Society, we can do that. If they don't make a specific request, then it all goes in the kitty and we divide it equally between the three charities we're sponsoring here."
The group concluded the afternoon events with a pay-to-enter singing competition.