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"We need adopters," says Tessa Fenu, HSL's fundraising coordinator and a frequent volunteer at its animal shelter, located just off Highway 59, north of Detroit Lakes. The shelter itself has a maximum capacity of 25 cats and 25 dogs, and while many are also housed by foster families in the area, HSL still has a very long waiting list for surrendering animals.
Detroit Lakes' 6th Annual Festival of Trees, which was held Friday, Nov. 18 at the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom, raised $16,420 for the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center. It was the first in-person festival that LCRC had been able to hold since 2019.
Local nonprofits like the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, Becker County Food Pantry and Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes are hoping to get a big fundraising boost from the 24-hour online fundraiser, Give to the Max Day, which is set for this Thursday, Nov. 17. Early giving has been open since Nov. 1 via the website, GiveMN.org.
Thirteen uniquely decorated trees, each sponsored by a local business and/or designer, will be on display during the event, with attendees having an opportunity to bid on them via live auction. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale at LCRC's offices in Detroit Lakes, by phone at 218-847-8572, or online at lakescrisis.com.
Detroit Lakes garment manufacturer Lakeshirts has pledged its support to Maplelag Resort in the form of t-shirt sales. 'Maplelag Strong' tees are now available online through Nov. 6, with 100% of the proceeds from sales of the first 1,000 shirts going directly to Maplelag in an effort to help the resort recover from a devastating fire.
With 15 guns to be given away to Bingo winners and another 8 guns to be raffled, the Detroit Lakes Jaycees hope the allure of free firearms will draw another 400 people to their Gun Bingo event at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion on Oct. 8.

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More than 800 people attended the United Way Community Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. The 17th annual event at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion was the kickoff to the United Way of Becker County's 2022 fundraising campaign, which aims to raise $250,000 in support of the United Way's 32 partner programs and agencies.
The Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge have created an endowment fund through West Central Initiative, to provide a sustained funding source for their outdoor education programming at the Refuge.
Though the annual Toast to Tamarac fundraiser hosted by the Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge may live on after this year, it will look very different: The Toast has been held at Richwood Winery every year since its inception in 2010. With the winery closing — and its chair retiring — the event will soon evolve into something new.

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