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Sawmill Brewing Co. hosts 'Brats for the Brave'Submitted: 11/11/2018

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MERRILL - Veterans grabbed a plate of brats and a pint of beer Sunday at the Sawmill Brewing Company in Merrill for a special fundraiser.

The event 'Brats for the Brave' gave veterans a free lunch and raised money for the Northwoods Veteran's Post's project of creating a community center for eight different veteran and girl or boy scout organizations.


The day included live music, a gun raffle and a special check presentation to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization.

This year, the donation topped the previous year's records. 

"2014 they donated $500 and 2016 $1,000," said Never Forgotten Honor Flight President and Co-Founder Mike Thompson. "This was a big year with the gun raffle that raised $2,500. So [it was an] outstanding effort on their part and very much appreciated."

Northwoods Veterans Post member Christina Lammerding helped put on the event because she loves seeing all these veterans come together. She said this continued effort for the cause is important year round, not just on Veteran's Day. 

"It's emotional and it's not always easy stories to hear, but it's big," said Lammerding. "It's bigger than me, it's bigger than one individual or even one organization. That's why it takes eight of us to make this happen."

This was the first year of a brat-themed Veterans Day event. Lammerding said they have hosted other veteran-themed events in the past.



Story By: Angela Kim

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