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Change of venue, bad weather does not stop Pine River charity

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While many people refused to leave their homes because of increasingly hazardous road conditions the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 3, approximately 97 meals were served at Jr’s No. 19 in Pine River to raise nearly $700 for a good cause.

“I thought, considering the weather and dangerous road conditions, we did very well. It was a great environment with the musicians who played,” said Leslie Bouchonville, Pine River-Backus Family Center executive director.

This was the fifth year that a local dining establishment hosted the Pine River-Backus Family Center’s annual fundraiser. This year’s event raised just under $700 that will be used for emergency assistance in the form of food, gas, heat, housing and other basic needs for local families the PR-B Family Center serves.

The event also raises awareness and money for the annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse.

The event traditionally was held at the Salty Dog Saloon and Eatery, but had to change venues this year. Ryan Nelson of Jr’s No. 19 offered his establishment for the event.

Eight volunteers supported the event including “celebrity” volunteers Cathy Bettino, PR-B School superintendent, and Tom Burch, Cass County Sheriff. Cass County deputies also donated their time as servers.