Have fun for a good cause at annual Friends Helping Friends Winter Triathlon and Benefit

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Have some fun for a good cause at Mar-Mac Friends Helping Friends’ 14th annual Winter Triathlon and Benefit, held Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, in McGregor. (NIT file photo)

Mar-Mac Friends Helping Friends will hold its 14th annual Winter Triathlon and Benefit on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, in McGregor. This year’s proceeds will go toward Casey (Ruff) Evanson, Andra (Prew) Meana and Denny Regal Jr.—three families with major medical needs.

Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, with bar bingo at Pocket City Pub.

On Saturday, March 3, the bake sale will begin at 9 a.m. at Backwoods. If you would like to donate fresh baked goods, please call Von Redemske at (563) 873-2238, or you may drop your baked goods off at Backwoods beginning at 8:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m., the bed parade will take place down the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street. All entries are welcome. Following the bed parade will be the triathlon, consisting of bed races, turkey bowling and a basketball toss. Five-person teams are encouraged to join the fun. Beds are even available for use if your group doesn’t have one. For more information, contact Gay Hallberg at (563) 873-2761.

Enjoy a hog roast, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at Josie’s River Queen. The menu will consist of pork, cheesy potatoes, beans and a roll. A donation is requested.

A euchre tournament will start at The Riverview at noon. All players are encouraged to attend. Please sign up by 11:30 a.m. Call The Riverview at (563) 873-9667 for more information.

A raffle and auction will be held at Backwoods beginning at 5 p.m. Raffle prizes include a $250 Cabela’s gift card, half-day McGregor Marina pontoon rental, Whalen media fireplace, Sharp 55-inch TV, Google Assistant, Fit Bit Charge 2 and 14-inch Stream Notebook. Donations of new items for the auction are always welcome. Donations can be dropped off at Gay Hallberg’s residence at 812 Walton St., in McGregor.

New members are always welcome to join Friends Helping Friends. The group is relatively small, and events like this take a lot of work to put on, but everyone has a lot of fun helping others along the way. Anything people can do—attending, donating or participating—is appreciated.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Gay Hallberg at (563) 873-2761.

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