A fundraiser for a great cause

Posted: 20th June 2013 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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The last time my blog was featured in the Daily Globe, I talked about how much I enjoyed listening to live music.

I said I wished there was more opportunity to listen to live music in Worthington. We have great facilities from the arena, the Event Center and Memorial Auditorium. We even have small venues like BenLee’s Cafe and the Longbranch in downtown.

Well, ask and it shall be granted.

Not long after I wrote that blog, I was contacted by Kathy Lesnar.

Her daughter, Kate, created All Day Fore Africa. It started as a golf event to raise money for people in Rwanda.

When she started the event three years ago, it was a small event. An avid golfer, Kate’s idea was to play 100 holes of golf in one day. Her goal was $1,000.

She raised over $10,000.

 “It was amazing,” said the 15-year-old Lesnar. “I was so proud that our town did that. I still can’t believe that it was over $10,000.” 

Later that summer, she went to Rwanda to deliver the money.

The second year, Lesnar more than doubled that amount in an effort to build housing for teachers in Kibeho, Rwanda. More and more people began to get involved.

This year, a medical center is in the sights of Lesnar.

Her goal? A cool $200,000.

The group is already well on its way, but there are still ways to help.

Tuesday, several local kids will be singing, playing guitars and sharing their talent at BenLee’s Cafe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to their Facebook page, All Day Fore Africa Sings On, Annie Lesnar, Kailey Wendland, Anna and Ethan Meyer, Laura Koepsell, Kurt Schmitz, Stephanie Lowry, Alex Purdy, and Aubrey and Cindy Anderson will be performing.

You can bet I’ll be there watching that live music I love so much. Sounds like a great opportunity to sneak away from work for a while and enjoy some good music and good food.

The following day is the ADFA golf event at the Worthington County Club.

And that’s just the beginning. According to the All Day Fore Africa Facebook page, an anonymous high school graduate donated her graduation money to ADFA. A 10-year-old from Lincoln, Neb. is riding from Sioux City, Iowa to Worthington to raise money. In total, it’s 100 miles. I can barely walk around the lake and he is riding 100 miles to raise money for Rwanda.

Simply amazing.

It will be a big couple of days for the ADFA group. There are plenty of ways to help, including what promises to be some great living music.