American Legion rides in with large donation for food bank

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By Gene Sears

Partnerships with the community are the fuel that powers the Fort Lupton Food and Clothing Bank. In what is becoming a tradition, the annual teaming with the American legion is a vital component. This year, the Legion handed over another $1,000, proceeds resulting from fundraising efforts including the Third Annual Run For The Food Bank Benefit Poker Run.
    Sponsored by Post 102, the event featured the poker run for cars and motorcycles, a raffle and auction, and a pig roast for participants.
    Food bank and American legion volunteer Carla Partridge, working with a team of volunteers, collected donations for the raffle and the run, with all proceeds going to the food bank.
    “We started this three years ago, running low on monies. I thought, ‘Well, something fun to do and summertime is coming, let’s do a benefit poker run,’” Partridge said.

    Normally run in June, this year’s benefit wound up in August, due to so many events competing for participants citywide this year. No matter, the event wound up a big success for all, with some hefty donations arriving for the food bank.
    “We have two checks from the American Legion, as well as Paul Fazzini who decided to donate to the barbecue, as a well as Marilyn Bangert, who donates every year very generously a pig as well as processing,” Partridge said. “We couldn’t do it without her.”
    The money will come in very handy for the organization, which recently replaced some coolers.
    “We had a grant from Platte Calley Medical Center, supposedly for food,” Food Bank Director Lucille Dahlberg said. “Our food donations kept coming in and coming in. When the cooler situation came up, I called and asked them if it was possible that we could use that money for coolers to keep the perishable items that were coming in.”
    “This will help keep the coolers donated by Platte Valley ... running for the next five months to keep the perishable food donated by Safeway, Anders Farms, Sakata Farms and House of Smoke,” Dahlberg said in a statement. Dahlberg offered “a big, big thank you to anyone that has given anything from an hour of time to a can of food, an item of clothing, to the envelope with 20 $100 bills to help the food and clothing bank.”
    Finally, she asked readers to watch for the announcement of how they can join in on the upcoming city and schools “Circle the Circle Christmas Food Drive.”

Contact Staff Writer Gene Sears at gsears@metrowestmewspapers.com.