MERRILL - A group in Merrill wants to build something that the whole community can use. On Saturday they tried their hand at a bowling fundraiser.
"You know we had lane sponsors and gift baskets, there's raffles going on, as you can see a costume contest," said Bowling Thunder Co-chair Corey Dornbrack.
The Bowling Thunder event in Merrill had all the usual features you'd expect at a fundraiser. But, people who attended say the cause they are raising money for something that will affect the whole community.
"I think it's going to impact not [only] Merrill but every community surrounding, it's big," said Merrill VFW Senior Vice Commander Michael Paul.
The event raised money for the new Northwoods Veterans Post. Not only will veterans use the new building, but boys, girls, and cub scouts as well. It will also be available for the community to use.
"Right now everybody's got places that they meet, this'll give everybody a home," said Dornbrack.
Of all those groups, only Merrill's VFW post has its own building in the area.
"The building is over 100 years old," said Dornbrack. "To get anywhere in there you have to walk up and downstairs so it's not conducive for a lot of veterans."
Organizers say creating a new building for all groups will create a relationship between generations.
"The scouts can learn from the older generations and vice versa," said Dornbrack.
"They're our youth, they're our future, they will learn from us as being good mentors and learn structure at a young age and be ready to take on that as they get older," said Paul.
The groundbreaking for the Northwoods Veterans Post will be in May.
"There's going to be offices, conference rooms, a bar, a big hall, there's outdoor areas," said Dornbrack.
In the meantime, the masterminds behind the new post will continue hosting fundraisers.
"Raise the $2.8 million for this building so we can get it done and everybody can have a home and something for everybody in the city to use and enjoy," said Dornbrack.
So far the group has raised more than $780,000. For more information on how you can help with the Northwoods Veterans Post, visit their Facebook page linked below.
Northwoods Veterans Post Facebook