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DLCCC staff kicks in big contribution

KIM BETTCHER gets her hair streaked purple and pink by Styles on Willow hairstylist Missy Sgro.1 / 3
GETTING READY TO STREAK THEIR HAIR this past Wednesday were (left to right) Brenda Wieland, Amy Stearns, Kim Bettcher, Viva Klundt and Becky Mitchell. Hairstylist Missy Sgro (in back) did the honors.2 / 3
The hair streaking was done after the DLCCC staff raised $30,000 for The Backyard addition3 / 3

With just days left until the Sept. 30 fund-raising deadline for starting construction this fall, The Backyard addition at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center got a lot closer to that goal this week -- with the help of its own employees.

Over $30,000 has been pledged toward the Backyard project by DLCCC staff and their families.

To celebrate the achievement of this milestone, five staff members had their hair streaked in bold shades of purple, pink, red, blue and tea.

The DLCCC's own Kim Bettcher, Viva Klundt, Becky Mitchell, Amy Stearns and Brenda Wieland had promised to get their hair streaked if the employees reached their $30,000 goal -- and this past Wednesday, they made good on that promise.

Hairstylist Missy Sgro of Styles on Willow did the honors.

"It was fun," said Bettcher. "The staff really got a kick out of seeing us (with the streaked hair)."

Bettcher also noted that she had gotten some "strange looks" from people she ran into while shopping on Wednesday -- which she took as an opportunity to explain the staff's achievement.

Terry Haus, development director at the DLCCC, noted that "100 percent of our full-time employees have pledged," and a large number of part-time employees as well.

Several family members had also contributed toward the employee drive, he added.

"Raising $30,000 says a lot about the level of support from our employees for the Backyard project," Haus added.

But that's not the end of it -- there are a couple more incentive goals that have been planned by the staff, Haus said.

If the employee fund drive reaches $35,000, three DLCCC members have agreed to shave their heads -- fitness director Brent Wolf, program coordinator Matt Kensinger, and Haus himself.

And if the employees pledge $40,000, the Center's CEO, Stu Omberg, has said that he will shave his mustache -- "which he's had for 37 years," Haus said.

Though the Sept. 30 deadline is now just days away, Haus said he does expect construction on The Backyard to start this fall.

"We keep inching closer," said Bettcher.

The only thing standing in the way is Mother Nature, Haus added.

"We're inching closer to our goal, but we're also inching closer to winter," he said. "It's just a matter of whether the fund-raising is going to get there in time."

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 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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