Backus Lions to host Catch the Cash fundraiser Aug. 22


Like many organizations, the Backus Lions Club has had to cancel fundraising events this year. The group canceled its annual yard sale, fly-in pancake breakfast and, due to a late season freeze, the annual peach sale.

The Lions hope to hold the annual craft and bake sale in November, and are still determined to support the community. They continue to support food shelves in Hackensack and Pine River along with Backus First Responders and firefighters. In addition, they support scholarships, Christmas for Children, other Pine River-Backus School events and other fund requests.

To keep fundraising efforts going, the Lions will host a new event, a Catch the Cash no-touch fundraiser, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, in the Backus American Legion parking lot. Participants will drive in, deposit their contributions while staying safe in their car, circle around and drive out.

Contributions will continue to support community needs as they always have.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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