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Community raises funds for Frederick PlaceSubmitted: 01/23/2013
Community raises funds for Frederick Place
Story By Hayley Tenpas

EAGLE RIVER - Over the past two years, 200 people found shelter at Frederick Place in Rhinelander.

Continuing that service in the Northwoods means fundraising.

The First Congregational UCC Church in Eagle River held "Soup for Shelter" Wednesday night.

Six area restaurants donated soups.

There was also a silent auction and raffle.

The dinner raises money to support homeless people in the Northwoods.

"The first people to stay at Frederick Place were from Eagle River, so it's very important that this community be involved with the Frederick Place because we have people from this area that need Frederick Place," said Soup for Shelter chairman Laurie Stoutz.

Frederick Place is a temporary, emergency shelter in Rhinelander.

It is operated by the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing.

There will be another Soup for Shelter event in Minocqua later this spring.


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