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Food Pantry benefit meets goal

Not knowing what to expect, the day went better than expected.

Last Saturday four bands and individual musicians gathered in the Detroit Lakes band shell to perform a benefit concert for the Becker County Food Pantry.

"It went as well as I had hoped," organizer and performer Mike Hokanson said.

Performers included the bands SLOG and Crashing Down, and individuals Hokanson and Tim Eggebraaten.

"It went really well. People were coming and going throughout the day," Hokanson said.

With a goal of at least $2,000 -- due to a matching grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans -- the benefit raised $2,048, and with the matching funds, was able to donate $4,048 to the Food Pantry. They also brought in 329 pounds of donated non-perishable food.

"We very much appreciate it. It does help out," Food Pantry Director Jack Berenz said. "Every dollar is worth a pound and every pound is worth a dollar. I was surprised at the amount we did get."

Berenz said besides people coming out to support the Food Pantry, they got an added bonus with the great music.

Hokanson said the bands are in favor of having another benefit next summer, and are hoping to hold it earlier in the summer to avoid conflict with Labor Day travels.