“A Christmas to Remember” at the 26th Annual Christmas Fantasy

VMH Christmas Fantasy silent auction ... A record of 110 silent auction items, like the ones pictured here, were donated to this year’s Christmas Fantasy. The Foundation expresses its appreciation to the hundreds of people who decorated or contributed in some way to make this community event so successful. Submitted photo.

Decorated Christmas trees ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 26th Annual Christmas Fantasy hosted 54 decorated full-size Christmas trees at the event held November 10-13. These trees were all decorated by local individuals, businesses, organizations and classes and each had a local person or business sponsoring them as well. Local entertainers performed at each event during the course of the weekend, such as local school children being watched by the group pictured above. Submitted photo.

The 2017 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy was held last weekend, November 10-13 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon, and was a huge success thanks to all of the overwhelming community involvement.

A record number of auction items were donated to this year’s Fantasy by area businesses and individuals.  The 110 auction items were displayed and auctioned on a silent auction bid to the highest bidder Monday night.

Trees on display during this 26th annual Foundation Fantasy included 54 full-size Christmas Trees. Five items were also donated to the Foundation for their use in a raffle. A one-year membership to the new Waukon Wellness Center was donated by the Wellness Center Board, a beef meat bundle was donated by Fareway, a framed print was donated by the Foundation board, and two raffle prizes of a half hog each were donated by Welsh Family Organic Farms with  the processing donated by Jet’s Meats and Wayne and Joan Burk.

The event was planned and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, including Sue Blagsvedt, Dan Denk, Jane Dietrich, Jackie Halverson, Kevin Hanson, Amy Cote’, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Dennis Lyons, Gail Prestemon, Jeanette Ruegnitz, Nona Sawyer, Nancy Schoh, Breanna Sommer and Matt Teslow, assisted by Kim Sylvester, Pat Pettingill, Julie Thompson, Karen Swenson and Wayne Burk.

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