On a picture-perfect Saturday, in “wild” Wild Rose, the 8th annual HEROES 2015 Musicales were “over the top” in every conceivable way. More than 200 guests experienced world-class music, dined on delectable hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments and bid high on 250 silent auction treasures.
May 16th was specially chosen by John and Vicki to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Vicki’s own father served in World War II and was a 63 yr. member of his local American Legion in rural, northern North Dakota. Additionally, as strong Red Cross supporters, John and Vicki wanted to also recognize the 110th anniversary of Service to the Armed Forces.
Prior to the first performance, the Wild Rose American Legion Daniel Dopp Post #370 honor guard posted the colors. Later in the afternoon, Kathy Marschman, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Eastern Wisconsin SAF Director, John Kost, spoke. Spontaneously, well-known Wild Rose native and Korean War veteran, John Jones, spoke about his Red Cross-facilitated trip back home to be at his father’s bedside.
The music was spectacular! The Kat Trio (founded in Ekaterinburg, Russia), Greg Boerner (master blues guitarist/singer), Liam Teague (steel pan virtuoso) and Robert Chappell (multi-instrumentalist/composer)–all thoroughly inspired the audience.
The Musicales began in 2008 as a small concert presented by the Jenks Duo, a grand total of $3,308.39 was raised which purchased a shelter trailer. This year, an estimated total of $80,000 (cash and in-kind donations) will support disaster education, relief and Service to the Armed Forces in Waushara, Green Lake, Marquette and Waupaca counties
SAVE THE DATE: HEROES 2016—Saturday, April 30th!! Musicians to be announced later this summer.
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