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Homeless fundraiser a success

BEMIDJI -- The Nameless Coalition for the Homeless sponsored a fundraiser at the Bemidji Eagles Club on Feb.16. The group raised more than $2,000 in donations for emergency shelter and community meals at Peoples Church. Coalition member Carol Priest said there were an estimated 150 people in attendance.

“Hearts for Hospitality” was the coalition’s first midwinter festival which included a silent auction, raffle, live music by Red Cedar Lake and a ham dinner. Bemidji Downtown Meats, Brigid’s Pub and area churches contributed to the meal.

“We would like to thank Red Cedar Lake for great music and all the individuals and businesses that donated time, talent and treasure,” Priest said. “I think calling it a midwinter festival was accurate, because the atmosphere was totally festive.”

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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