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VFW hosting annual R.O.S.S. Fundraiser for military families

The West Fargo VFW Post 7564 is hosting their 9th annual Remember Our Serving Soldiers (R.O.S.S.) Saturday, March 24, at the West Fargo VFW, 308 Sheyenne St., to raise money for area military family groups. Proceeds from the daylong activity helps support the families of local Guard and Reserve units, including the North Dakota Army and Air National Guard and Navy Reserve.

The public is welcome to take in the event which gets underway with a silent auction at 11 a.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. in the upper level of the clubroom; and a lunch featuring barbecues and chips, $3 for one or $5 for two barbecues, served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bingo will be played from 2 to 3 and 7 to 8:30 p.m., and a meat raffle and prize drawings will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

A special memorial program will take place at 4 p.m. consisting of a POW/MIA ceremony conducted by members of the North Dakota National Guard.

A steak fry will follow the program from 4:3 to 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the VFW. Entire families will be able to enjoy the meal this year, with its location downstairs. The dinner will include a steak, baked potato, sides and dessert. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children younger than 14.

Event founder and organizer and longtime VFW member Charlie Weible said that about $60,000 has been raised during previous R.O.S.S. activities to assist families. Last year's event raised approximately $12,000 and Weible said he is hoping to hit at least that mark again this year. He noted that 400 steaks were served at last year's meal and they are hoping to serve 500 this year.

Weible said people always forward to the annual R.O.S.S. program and he would encourage anyone who has not attended in the past to visit the VFW and take it all in.

"Because of what the Guard has done the last few years, I think they deserve a thank you from all of us by showing up and offering our support," Weible said. "A lot of them have served two or three tours and then fought the big flood. If nothing else, fill up the parking lot and show your support."