Melrose event benefits brain cancer research

Tom Hellermann (above) organized the car show together with Rick Hellermann. He is checking under the hood of a 1966 American Rambler owned by Laurie Brutger of Freeport.

Tom Hellermann (above) organized the car show together with Rick Hellermann. He is checking under the hood of a 1966 American Rambler owned by Laurie Brutger of Freeport.

This group of ladies was eagerly anticipating a sunny summer Saturday with their theme, but greeted the cool, breezy day with smiles. Serving their tantalizing menu were (from left): Amanda Dieters, Minnow Speidel and Nicki Vogt. Their booth took the first place prize.

This group of ladies was eagerly anticipating a sunny summer Saturday with their theme, but greeted the cool, breezy day with smiles. Serving their tantalizing menu were (from left): Amanda Dieters, Minnow Speidel and Nicki Vogt. Their booth took the first place prize.

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Joe Rieland, of New Munich, fought brain cancer for six years. Family members joined together in his honor to raise funds for “Working Together for a Cure” (WTFC). Pictured are (from left): Joe’s widow, Brenda; his sister-in-law, Denise Rieland and his niece and godchild, Lindsey Rieland. WTFC was founded by friends and family of Ralph Hellermann to raise funds for brain cancer research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Silent auction items greeted visitors in the shelter at Sauk River Park. This planter joined a wide variety of other donated items. “100 percent of the funds raised goes directly to brain cancer research,” said Tom Hellermann.

Tom Hellermann (above) organized the car show together with Rick Hellermann. He is checking under the hood of a 1966 American Rambler owned by Laurie Brutger of Freeport.

The “Country Cookin” booth was manned by (from left): Vern Frerichs, Donna Sand, Marlene Blommel and Lester Sand. In addition to the turkey and rib barbecue, they offered delectable fruit kabobs. Fireworks and live music were held during the evening.

The Sixth Annual Car Show and Cookoff featured a silent auction. Paul Heidgertken of Albany takes a closer look at some items. Heidgertken’s son-in-law, Joe Rieland, lost his battle with brain cancer in October.

The Sixth Annual Car Show and Cookoff featured a silent auction. Paul Heidgertken of Albany takes a closer look at some items. Heidgertken’s son-in-law, Joe Rieland, lost his battle with brain cancer in October.

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