Sweetheart Supper a nice night out to benefit vets memorial

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This patriotic, full-size quilt was hand crafted by Suzette Ray, a member of the veterans memorial committee. It will be raffled at the Sweetheart Supper Feb. 16.

The back of the quilt is red, white and blue as well as the front. The quilt is on display at Peoples State Bank in Wauzeka, where tickets are also offered, until Saturday’s supper.

The Wauzeka Veterans Memorial stands at the entrance to the Wauzeka Cemetery. Six granite tablets inscribed with the names of local veterans are hoped to be added by this spring. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Take your sweetheart out for a steak dinner and some Valentine’s ambience, and contribute to a good cause at the same time, this Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Sweetheart Steak Supper in Wauzeka. 

From 4:30 to 8 p.m., at Century Hall, for the price of one dinner, the Wauzeka Veterans Memorial Committee will serve grilled steak, baked potatoes, buns, hot dogs for kids, homemade salads and desserts, coffee, milk and water. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. 

Dusty Mara will DJ the fundraiser and Century Hall will be specially decorated for Valentine’s Day. There will also be a raffle for a patriotic-themed, full-size quilt, hand crafted by Suzette Ray, committee leader.

All proceeds from the supper will benefit the community’s veterans memorial, which now stands in the Wauzeka cemetery. According to Ray, six granite tablets have been ordered inscribed with the names of area veterans and members of the American Legion Post 458, and the hope is for the memorial to be nearly complete by Memorial Day 2019. The amphitheater shaped memorial will recognize veterans who have served during all wars, dating back from the Revolutionary War through today. 

Veterans’ names are still being accepted for the memorial; however, they would not be listed in alphabetical order if they are provided to the committee at this point, Ray said. 

The committee continues to raise funds as they have several thousand dollars yet to go to meet the final cost of the project. In addition to the annual Sweetheart Supper, they coordinate Coins for Veterans in Wauzeka schools, which has raised about $1,600 in four years, and are planning another craft fair in June and its Country Jam in the fall. 

All food for the Sweetheart Supper has been purchased locally from Johnson’s One Stop in Seneca and Krachey’s BP in Wauzeka. Plan to attend and give the steaks a try; they’re being grilled at the hands of community members Gary Gundlach, Ben and Mark McCullick and Mike Christensen. 

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