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Golf on ice event raises $54,000 for Camp Knutson in Crosslake

Sales of Bilski Burgers raises nearly $6,000 to help the camp that hosts kids and adults with medical conditions, special needs

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A group dressed in hockey jerseys and golfing with hockey sticks participated in the 22nd annual Ice Tee Golf event Saturday, March 4, 2023, on Moonlite Bay on Cross Lake.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

CROSSLAKE — The 22nd annual Ice Tee Golf event on Moonlite Bay in Crosslake raised $54,000 for Camp Knutson.

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A view from the top of the stairs at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar shows participants in the Ice Tee Golf event Saturday afternoon, March 4, 2023. The event raises money for Camp Knutson in Crosslake.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

“It was a gorgeous day,” said Jess Eide, an owner of Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar. “It was nice that the weather was so nice because there were a lot of people outside and a lot of people inside and it rotated.”

Read more about past Ice Tee Open fundraisers for Camp Knutson

The Ice Tee Golf event features people of all ages using golf clubs or hockey sticks along with a bright yellow tennis ball to play sponsored golf holes on the ice of Moonlite Bay.

Special holes feature a chance at a hole in one or a goal in one.

A silent auction is held inside.

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Eide said around 250 golfers participated in the Saturday, March 4, event.

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A golfer takes a shot at the hole in one contest Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the Ice Tee Golf fundraiser on Moonlite Bay in Crosslake.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

There were 50 fabulous 500 club members who contributed $500 or more each.

And $5,982 was raised through sales of the Bilski Burger, the most popular burger on the Moonlite Bay menu.

Mike and Jackie Bilski and Dennis and Londa Bilski donate $1 for every Bilski Burger sold the day of the event, and $2 for every burger sold over last year’s number. Eidi said the Bilskis created that burger.

Silent auction items sold for value or over value, Eide said.

Camp Knutson is a Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota camp on Lower Whitefish and Big Trout lakes on the Whitefish Chain that hosts youth and adults with special needs, disabilities and medical conditions.

Nancy Vogt, editor, may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.

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 nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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