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A beachin' good time: Ecumen Charity Benefit set for this Thursday at Long Bridge

The freshly remodeled Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina will host the Ecumen Detroit Lakes Charity Benefit this Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. (Emily Driscoll / Tribune)1 / 4
This handmade quilt contributed by the Trinity WELCA Quilters group is one of the unique items included in the Ecumen Charity Benefit silent auction taking place this Thursday, Sept. 13 at Long Bridge. (Submitted photo)2 / 4
The popular Fargo-based band The Front Fenders will be the featured entertainment at the Ecumen Detroit Lakes Charity Benefit, set to take place this Thursday, Sept. 13 at Long Bridge. (Submitted photo)3 / 4
These gift baskets and other items are among those to be included in the silent auction taking place during the Ecumen Charity Benefit this Thursday, Sept. 13 at Long Bridge. (Submitted photo)4 / 4

Dancing to the music of the Front Fenders, dining from a tasty, beach-themed menu, and browsing through a variety of silent auction packages... it's all part of the fun planned for the Ecumen Charity Benefit at Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina in Detroit Lakes.

Set to take place this Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 10 p.m., the event is a fundraiser for Ecumen Detroit Lakes. Ecumen's staff, residents and volunteers are asking area residents to step up and "Be the One" to make a difference and help make life a little better for Ecumen's memory care residents.

"We are raising money to help make some enhancements to our memory care unit," says Katie Lundmark, executive director of Ecumen Detroit Lakes.

Lundmark said that the memory care unit was originally built in the 1970s, and expanded in the late 1970s, but while the floors, furniture and walls have been redone periodically, it's been a while since the facility itself has been updated.

Plans for updating the memory care unit include reconfiguring the dining room area to include construction of an enclosed kitchenette and "opening up space" for more flexible seating.

"We are always researching and looking at different designs, to see what works best for our memory care residents' needs... colors, lighting, types of chairs and so forth," Lundmark added. "It's really important for us to have nice spaces for our residents, throughout all of our campus."

Tickets for the benefit are $40 each, and can be purchased in person at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, located at 1415 Madison Ave., or by contacting Sandy Lia at 218-844-09433 or sandylia@ecumen.org.

Local businesses and organizations are also welcome to purchase a sponsorship, Lundmark added. A platinum sponsorship of $5,000 includes six benefit tickets, plus two bottles of wine; a gold sponsorship of $2,500 includes four tickets plus one bottle of wine; a silver sponsorship of $1,000 comes with two benefit tickets; and there are also bronze level sponsorships available for $500.

Silent auction items will include: A horse-drawn wagon ride to view the local fall colors; a winter sleigh ride; an overnight getaway at the Lodge on the Lake in Detroit Lakes; a hand-carved diamond willow cane; a 30-minute massage and more, all donated by area businesses, organizations and individuals.

"We're also going to raffle off a Tommy Bahama cooler, filled with a variety of items donated by our employees, residents and their families, volunteers and local businesses," said Lundmark. "Tickets for the raffle are $10 apiece."

The Front Fenders will be the featured entertainment.

"We had them play at our charity event for several years, and decided to bring them back this year," Lundmark said. "People love to dance to their music, and we're excited to have them play... they bring a really upbeat energy to their performances.

"It's going to be a great evening," she added.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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