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A square dance that’s all heart

The International Order of Odd Fellows, Lakeside Lodge of Detroit Lakes presented a $250 check to the American Heart Association during the Square Dance for Heart, held March 30 in Waubun. On hand for the presentation were (front row, left to right): Carol and Hank Reitan, Bob and Dorothy Hoover, Tom Jones, Adeline Sherbrooke, Sherry Zweerink, Glenette and Lester Olson, and Duane Olson. Back row: Royce and Mary Ann Nelson. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Ninety eight square dancers and five spectators from North Dakota and Minnesota attended the 22nd annual benefit “North West Region Square Dance for Heart” on Sunday, March 30, for a full afternoon of dancing and visiting.

A total of $3,553 was collected and donated to the American Heart Association from the dance donations, silent auction and dinner. 

The dinner was provided by Pappy’s Cafe of Waubun.

Tom Jones, Fargo, American Heart Association (AHA) corporate events director, was on hand to accept the donation.

The dance leaders donate their time for the benefit. Callers and cuers for this year’s event were emcee Royce Nelson, Bagley; Roger and Bernadette McNeil, Fargo; Mark Helfter, Fargo; Jim and Rita Lizakowski, Moorhead; Charley Huhtala, Grand Forks; Abe Maier, Monticello; Larry Johansen, Underwood; Andy Flint, New London; and Donna Stone, Sebeka.  

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Lakeside Lodge, Detroit Lakes donated $250.

The presentation was made by Adeline Sherbrooke, Noble Grand of the lodge, and a square dancer.

Also present for the presentation were Lodge members and dancers Hank and Carol Reitan, Bob and Dorothy Hoover and Sherry Zweerink.

Tom Jones, American Heart Association corporate events director, was present to accept the check.

Many businesses and individuals across the region donated items for the silent auction. The support of all those businesses is greatly appreciated.

Also a “Pink Purse” quilt was made and donated to the silent auction by four ladies from the Mahnomen – Waubun area.

Event chairmen were Royce and MaryAnn Nelson, Bagley; Bob and Dorothy Hoover, Detroit Lakes; Duane Olson, Lake Park; and Sherry Zweerink, Waubun.

Funds generated from the Square Dance for Heart event will support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The American Heart Association funds cardiovascular disease research to improve the lives of men, women and children all over North Dakota and Minnesota.

In the past five years the American Heart Association has allocated over $17 million for research studies in North Dakota and Minnesota.