There will be a benefit Auction and Pork Feed for James Anderson Saturday, Aug. 18 in the lower level of the West Fargo VFW, open to all ages.
The event will run from noon to 6 p.m., with registration from noon to 1 p.m. to get a number that can be used for both silent auction and the live auction which will get underway at 1 p.m. The afternoon of activity will also feature a number of raffles as well as a free will donation pork feed.
Anderson, 50, is currently fighting numerous complications as the result of a heart problem and surgery that involved both a stent and double bypass procedure.
He was been employed at Hauck & Buchholz Drywall of Fargo for the last 10 years, and as a part-time cook at the Silver Dollar for the past few years. He has been in a relationship with Saundra Dietz for 11years; the last six of those living in West Fargo.
John Milligan, co-worker with Anderson, as well as a longtime friend and golf partner, is serving as benefit organizer.
He said Anderson is recuperating and doing well from an additional surgery the middle of July. He is able to do some supervisory work but might not be able to return to his job until after the first of the year - he is hoping to sooner, but simply doesn't know.
Anderson will be at the auction to visit with people and thank them for their participation.
Among the afternoon happenings will be two playing card raffles, with cards sold throughout the day for the two prizes - a 12 gauge shotgun and a laptop computer. Two winning cards will be selected at the conclusion of sales for the prizes, and the cash from the sales will go to Anderson.
A raffle ticket will also be sold for three prizes: first place, a Cub Cadet riding lawn mower; second place, a two-stage Cub cadet snow thrower; and third place, a $500 in cash prize. These tickets will be sold during Cruise Night Thursday evening and at the door Saturday. The winner need not be present to win.
Both the Silent and Live Auctions will include a wide variety of items, among them numerous quilts donated by local churches; an array of gift certificates; a Kindle Fire; an LG Blu-ray disc player, a four-person package to the Mall of America with tickets to the Minnesota Zoo; a Karcher Wet and Dry Vac, a firepit, a range hood, a patio umbrella, a child's rocking chair, specialty blue-ribbon winning candles at the Red River Valley Fair, and many, many more items..
The Silver Dollar is donating all the food for the free will offering meal and several other local businesses have also donated items or actions to the event's success, including Furniture for Less, Brokerage Printing, Sheyenne Appliance, the West Fargo VFW, along with many others.
Milligan said organizers are appreciative of everyone who has played a role in supporting the benefit in any way. "We've had a lot of businesses from West Fargo who have stepped up and helped and for that we are extremely grateful."
Milligan added that he is pleased to be involved, noting that Anderson is very deserving of any assistance anyone can offer. "He has a lot of friends and is a very giving guy. If you needed a favor, he would be the first one to bend over backwards to help you. He has helped me numerous times. If I need something he is always there. That is why I want to do this for him."
Those unable to attend the benefit but who would like to make a donation to the cause can do so by mailing donations to: State Bank & Trust, Attn: James Anderson Benefit Fund, 409 Sheyenne St., West Fargo, ND 58078. DMI Lend A Hand will be providing matching funds up to $5,000.