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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Supper a success

Volunteers serve chili and soup to attendees of the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Supper. Over 400 food items and nearly $1,500 were donated for the Spearfish Food Pantry.

More than 300 people turned out for the 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Chili/Soup Supper. Over 400 food items and nearly $1,500 were donated for the Spearfish Food Pantry.

According to Nancy Wietgrefe, director of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Black Hills State University “This was our biggest and best event yet.”

Wietgrefe would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Woodard and the Spearfish Middle School sixth grade choir for their wonderful musical entertainment for this event, Mr. Syman’s art students for the posters to display, and to the BHSU Ameri*Corps VISTA office for providing chili and volunteers to help serve coffee.

Also, she thanks the churches that participated: All Angels Episcopal, Christian Science Society, Countryside Community Church, Hope Lutheran Church, Mt. View Baptist Church, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the Salvation Army, the Spearfish Senior Citizens Center, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and the United Methodist Church.

“We are grateful to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for serving as our host site and to Rose Anderson and the ‘fix it’ committee for their help in getting set up and organized. Thank you to Bob and Kathy Schneider for providing the chili for RSVP and to the RSVP volunteers who donated bars and cookies, served, cleaned and helped throughout the evening,” Wietgrefe added.

The church with the most “votes” in the penny jars was Countryside Community Church. A total of $211.71 was collected for the voting jars and that, too, is included in the monetary donation to the food pantry.

Wietgrefe also thanks Lueder’s, Safeway, and Wal-Mart for their donation of products to help in this community endeavor. She also extends a thank you to the AmeriCorps*VISTA C-U-R-E office, the Spearfish Senior Citizens Center, and the area churches for being co-sponsors with RSVP and for providing chili, soup, servers, helpers and advertising.

Wietgrefe lastly wanted to extend a thank you to Black Hills State University for supporting RSVP.

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