Legion Riders host Hot Dog Social fundraiser

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
This motorcycle being raffled off by American Legion Wasmer Post 241 will be on display Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Northwest Iowa Legion Riders hot dog social.

LE MARS — The Northwest Iowa Legion Riders will once again hold its hot dog social from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at TCC Verizon on the corner of Highway 3 and 75.

The social, which features a meal of hot dogs, chips, pop, water and condiments, is available for a freewill donation. All proceeds raised will go towards veterans in need throughout the year.

“We give monies to the Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls, for the service dogs program in our area, veterans funerals, and to veterans in need of medications or who may be having monthly financial struggles,” said Doug Harms, director, Northwest Iowa Legion Riders.

Harms said the idea for the event came from TCC Verizon.

“TCC Verizon contacted myself and our vice president Jeremy Morris, whose wife works for TCC, about pairing up to do an event. We wanted to do something simple and we came up with this hot dog social,” Harms said.

With the idea in place, the legion riders and TCC went to work to contact businesses like Hy-Vee, Fareway and Iowa State Bank, who quickly hopped on board as event sponsors.

In addition to the hot dog feed, American Legion Wasmer Post 241 will have the 2017 Harley-Davidson FTSTF Fat Boy available for viewing, weather contingent. The legion is selling raffle tickets for $20 for a chance to win the motorcycle donated to the them by Total Motors. The drawing will be held in November.

“The riders are a part of the legion as well and we work together very well and we thought let’s help them as well,” Harms said of the decision to have the motorcycle as a featured part of the event.

Harms said some of the legion riders’ veterans will also be at Saturday’s events with their motorcycles.

The Northwest Iowa Legion Riders services many counties in the area including: Plymouth, Woodbury, Cherokee, Sioux, Clay and Dickinson.

“TCC Verizon is very generous to us and has donated a lot of money to us in the past three years. They have done a nice job of helping us do what we do which is helping us raise money for our veterans,” Harms shared.

While it’s always the goal of a fundraiser to raise as much as possible, Harms said the organization will be happy with whatever support received by the community.

“Anything we make is better than nothing,” Harms said. “It’s more than we started with and that’s how we look at it.”

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