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'BUC$ Night' makes switch

November 13, 2012
Jodelle Greiner - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

BLUE EARTH - A victory Saturday by the Blue Earth Area football team has rearranged lots of schedules in Blue Earth, including for a longtime school fund-raiser.

Since the Bucs will be playing a state semifinal game 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the 15th Annual BUC$ Night Out fund-raiser has been moved from its traditional Saturday date to Friday night, along with the Knights of Columbus Steak Fry, said Vickie Hanson, co-chairwoman of BUC$ Night Out.

"We are very fortunate to have so many people who are supportive of our school and our students and so willing to be flexible with their time and talents." Hanson said.

The steak fry will kick off festivities 5-7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion. Folks are then encouraged to visit Hamilton Hall for BUC$ Night Out, which begins at 6:30 p.m. with a wine- and beer-tasting.

Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders Amanda and Alissa will be present at 7:30 p.m.

"We're always looking for new and fun things to add," said Hanson, who felt a sports connection was appropriate, since a lot of sports items will be up for bid in the silent and live auctions.

The silent auction runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Some of the stuff up for auction includes an Adrian Peterson-autographed football, a calendar autographed by the Vikings cheerleaders, a photo autographed by Christian Ponder, and Vikings apparel. Other sports-related items are Twins memorabilia and tickets to a Gophers football game.

Local teams are represented too, with a photo "Bucs Capturing Little Brown Jug" by Kevin Mertens; footballs and volleyballs autographed by the teams; and "a wide arrangement of Bucs clothing and goodies" including a Buc barn quilt, Hanson said.

There's a abundance of other items too.

"It's a good year for cooking things, do-it-yourself and have-people-do-it-for-you," Hanson said.

Vacation packages include a one-week stay at a Breezy Point time share; one-night stay at Countryside Cottage; a Mall of America entertainment package; and what Hanson called the "ultimate man trip": a ride in a flight simulator and brewery tour at the Mall of America.

Just in time for the holidays, there will be "lots of goodies," Hanson said.

"Homemade caramels are always hot items on the auction," she said, adding the list includes homemade Kringla, salsa and pickles, among others.

"There's lots of neat, hand-crafted items: wood carvings, hand-crafted throws and furniture," Hanson said.

Other items include an American Pool Party for 15; pool passes at Blue Earth and Winnebago; gym memberships at Workout 24/7, the Faribault County Fitness Center and Curves; gymnastics lessons for the kids, and Tae Kwon Do and self-defense lessons for adults.

"A lovely collection of technology" includes iPad, iPod, Nabi, Nook and Bluetooth earpieces, Hanson said.

All of the money raised goes to a good cause, and brings the community together.

"We typically raise $30,000," Hanson said. "The money goes to the School Foundation to provide educational enhancements to K-12 students. Those kinds of enhancements can be meeting growing technology needs, to funding classroom activities and field trips" including the Washington, D.C., trip for ninth-graders and the high school Spanish trip.

"The other benefit of BUC$ Night out is that the Foundation has eliminated school fund-raisers - all the door-to-door type sales," Hanson said. "Local people appreciate [that] the proceeds from BUC$ Night Out goes right back in.

"It's such a win/win: support for the students and it brings together adults of all ages in the communities," she said.

"There's no other way to have as much fun spending money and supporting a good cause," Hanson said.



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