Ken and Wendy Besel’s Benefit this Sunday was tremendously successful this past Sunday, with more than 800 community members attending the breakfast fundraiser. The fundraiser was held to help the Besels with the medical expenses accrued from Ken’s electrically induced cardiac arrest in February last year. A waffle breakfast, bake sale, and silent auction brought the community together to support the family. The waffles were served by Dad’s Belgian waffles, a company that specializes in serving waffles for fundraising events and benefits. 15 waffle irons were set up, cooking waffles continuously for the continuous flow of people coming to support the Besel family. Along with the waffles, there was sausage, ham, orange juice, milk, and coffee, as well as 8 types of syrup and whipped toppings for everyone to choose from. Donations for the silent auction came from a variety of local businesses and community members, and included gift baskets, cheeses, crocheted and sewn goods, and a special homemade cornhole beanbag game made by Jon Besel, Ken’s Nephew, which was electrocuted with a microwave transformer that burned patterns in the wood grain that look like bolts of electricity on the wooden face of the beanbag holes, as an homage to Ken’s survival of electrically induced cardiac arrest. Also presented to the Besel family was an Automated External Defibrillator, donated by Pioneer Bank. The Besel family intends to install the machine at the St. James Baseball field. The Besel family stood together at the front of the line and greeted everyone as they came in, thanking them for their support over the past year during Ken’s rehabilitation and recovery. Throughout Ken’s recovery, the community supported the Besels in every way they could and came together to help them in their time of need. They also thanked everyone at Pioneer bank for their help organizing the event and for their donation of the AED machine, which Besels hope ensure everyone in the community is protected whenever at baseball events.