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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Prairie Roads Wagon Train fundraiser

  • To date the Prairie Roads Wagon Train has raised more than $49,728 with the help of the generous community to help children and adults pay for costs of campership fees for Camp Courage and Courage North.
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  • Wheels roll once again for Camp Courage. This is the eleventh annual fundraiser ride.
    To date the Prairie Roads Wagon Train has raised more than $49,728 with the help of the generous community to help children and adults pay for costs of campership fees for Camp Courage and Courage North.
    Camp Courage, located by Maple Plain, Courage North located by Lake George, Minnesota, is designed to give disabled children and adults a true camping experience that would otherwise be prevented.  
    The wagon train will travel along the back roads of the local area. Teamsters and saddle horses welcomed. The base camp is at Voss Park in Butterfield.
    Each morning the train will be leaving at 8:30 a.m. Friday the train will  head towards Good Samaritan Society of St. James to share lunch with the residents and staff, and then back to Butterfield.  
    Saturday, after breakfast by the Butterfield Lions Club, which is open to the public, the train will head to Good Samaritan Society-Mt. Lake for lunch and then back to Voss Park.
    Sunday the group travels from Voss Park to Darfur for a potluck dinner by the area community. Darfur ends the journey for another year.
     
    Meals and break stops are provided by various groups and families along the way. These generous people include: Butterfield Community Club Auxiliary, Butterfield Lions Club, Butterfield Thresherman's Association, Sizzler, Good Samaritan of Mt. Lake, Good Samaritan of St. James, Darfur community, Daryl and Leora Ask, Kyle and Kim Blomgren, Dennis and Janet Sturm, John and Marge Baerg, Jerome and Marilyn Stoez , Jane Koenig.
    Also a thank you to Watonwan County Sheriff Department and Mt. Lake Police Department for safely getting the travelers across Highway 60 and to all those that help raise funds and a special thank you to family and friends who  help in other various ways to make this wagon train possible.  
    All donations go to Camp Courage. Courage Center  is a not for profit organization assisting children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. Courage Center’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to reach their full potential in every aspect of life.
    The expenses of the wagon train are covered by the registration fees the participants pay. It is our way of helping others live a better life.
    For more information about Camp Courage visit: www.courage.org
    For more information about the ride contact: Bruce Koenig at darfurel@frontiernet.net or 507-822-0245
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