Minnesota Town With Population Less Than A Thousand Raises 25K To Cure Cancer
Just weeks after their biggest fundraiser of the year, the crew was at it again. They just got done raising over $20,000 at Harold's Golf Fiasco, and now they've added some icing to the cake with another $4800 raised during Harold's Hogfest in Carlton, Minnesota.
How can a town with a population of just 962 people raise this kind of money? It takes a village.
The annual pig roast takes place in September at the Carlton VFW. They serve up pulled pork sandwiches, Ray Schmitz's famous beans, coleslaw, and all the fixings. It's only $8 a plate, and that's a good deal for this great of a meal!
As always, the Carlton Community comes together with support from local businesses, like Carlton's Meat & Grocery.
Here are the cooks who get up before dawn to get started on the meals. On the left is Ray Schmitz, and next to him is his son-in-law Mike Svacina.
Ray also makes the best beans, and he even makes his special Holy Schmitz Sauce. It's a clever name and tastes fantastic!
The fundraiser's mascot and chief taste tester Harold was there to be the ringleader of the circus. You can see him here giving these kids a hard time.
At the end of the day, when the numbers came in, over 350 people were served at the VFW. The total money raised was over $4,800.
In under a month, this group of volunteers has raised $25,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
St. Jude is the leading research facility helping kids with catastrophic illnesses like cancer. They share their research freely with the world to help treat children without charging a dime.
Thanks again to these amazing volunteers and Harold and his family. You continue to amaze us!