The first Red Cross South of the Border Soiree is in the books and was deemed a huge success.
People from Northfield and Faribault enjoyed margarita samples, a taco bar, a fresh fruit bar, games, raffles and prizes Thursday night at the Grand Event Center in Northfield.
While the goal of selling 250 tickets and to raise $10,000 fell short on both accounts, Angela Storch, executive director of the Rice, Le Sueur, Waseca counties chapter of the Red Cross, said that she was ecstatic that 140 people took part in the fundraiser to help support Service to Armed Forces in southern Minnesota.
“It was a tremendous turnout,” she said. “Everybody should spread the word. There will absolutely be a second annual South of the Border Soiree.”
Storch said that the Red Cross had an extraordinarily busy year in 2013 with house fires and countywide flooding, followed by an even busier winter of house fires and blizzards and what appears to be a spring of flooding. She said the Red Cross also sent volunteers to Hurricane Sandy, Moore, Okla., and Peoria, Ill.
“We need these dollars to keep our services going,” Storch said.
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