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Square dancers help the heart

Participating in the Northwest Region Square Dance for Heart were, front from left, Duane Olson (co-chair), Jim and Rita Lizakowski (caller and cuer), Adeline Sherbrooke (IOOF Noble Grand), Tom Jones (AHA Representative), Larry Andresen (co-chair), Donna Stone (cuer), and Sherry Zweerink (co-chair and IOOF member); back from left, Roger and Bernadette McNeil (caller and cuer), Mark Helfter (caller) and Royce Nelson (caller). Submitted Photo

Seventy square dancers and spectators from North Dakota and Minnesota attended the 21st annual benefit “Northwest Region Square Dance for Heart” on Sunday, April 21, for a full afternoon of dancing and visiting.

More than $2,500 was collected and donated to the American Heart Association from the dance donations, silent auction and dinner.

Tom Jones, Fargo, American Heart Association 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 Roger and Bernadette McNeil, Fargo, Mark Helfter, Fargo, Jim & Rita Lizakowski, Moorhead, Royce Nelson, Bagley and Donna Stone, Sebeka. Long time area caller Jim Kooyer was the Honorary Emcee.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Lakeside Lodge, Detroit Lakes made a $250 check donation. 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 and Sherry Zweerink. Jones was present to accept the check.

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

Event chairmen were Larry Andresen and 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.