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Not your ordinary Joe

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Barb Jeffers

A large benefit was held on Saturday, November 17, 2012, for Joe Rodgers from Lanesboro, Minn. with many activities that occurred throughout the day to benefit Joe and his wife Sue.

Joe, who was employed by the City of Lanesboro until his retirement last Spring, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Large B Cell Lymphoma. His former co-workers and friends wanted to help Joe in any way they could so a benefit was held to help defray his expenses.

The benefit was held at the Lanesboro Community Center with many people attending through the day to support Joe. A silent auction was held, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with many individuals and businesses donating numerous items such as a nights stay at the Scandinavian Inn in Lanesboro, framed prints, gift baskets, and much more.

Various foods and drinks were offered at the benefit for a free will donation which people enjoyed while chatting with other attendees. A bean bag toss competition was also held with many people playing. Bucky Rogers, who is a good friend of Joe’s, made lefse at the benefit and sold it to raise money for the cause. The proceeds from the Lanesboro American Legion fish fry that evening were also donated to Joe and his wife Sue.

Joe enjoys playing the card game Huckley Buck, so a tournament was held during the benefit. While playing a game of Huckley Buck during the tournament, Joe said that the whole day was “unbelievable” and stated it was “mindboggling” how many people were there. He stated that seeing so many people come to the benefit was “awesome.” The day of the benefit was “one of the best days of my life,” Joe stated. It was obvious how much Joe appreciated the events of the day and how much work people had done on his behalf.

Vince Jeannette, who donated to the silent auction, said, “Joe is one heck of a guy.” Vince donated and attended the benefit because, “That’s just what you do,” he said. It was clear from the number of people who donated to, worked at, and attended the benefit for Joe Rodgers that he is surely no “ordinary Joe.”

For those who were unable to attend the benefit for Joe Rodgers, but would like to help, there has been an account set up at Associated Bank of Lanesboro, Minn. The phone number for Associated Bank is (507) 467-2145.

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