Prescott Legion launches fund drive to stay alive
Hot air balloon will be tethered on Borner Fields Saturday
PRESCOTT -- The Prescott community is stepping up to return the favor. For 100 years, the Prescott American Legion Post 61 has been an integral part of the community, supporting other community groups and causes. With COVID-19 forcing cancellation of its popular chicken dinners, the Legion group hit tough times.
Commander Jerry Klasen started a fundraising effort on gofundme.com to raise $20,000 to keep Post 61 afloat, and as of early this week, 64 donors have contributed $9,460.
The 100-year-old American legion Post has been instrumental in providing scholarships, funding legion baseball and softball, as well as contributing to the Prescott Food Pantry and helping with community events over the years. Legion members have spoken to school classes, held Memorial Day services, presented Colors at parades and honored veterans at funerals.
“All this was made possible by the Legion chicken fries, but due to COVID, no fries were possible over the last year,” the Go- FundMe post states. “Our Post is financially drained, and our building is deteriorating and in need of major repairs. Without your help, the Post building will be sold, and the Post itself will be in jeopardy.”
Klasen has seen an outpouring of support for the organization.
“It amazes me how supportive everyone has been,” Klasen said. “I am relatively new to the community. A vet, I joined the Legion as soon as I took up residency in Prescott. I felt we could not sell a 100-year-old legacy without trying.”
To contribute on gofundme.com, search Prescott, WI American Legion in the web pages search window, and you’ll be guided to the Post 61 page. Plans are also underway to put donation boxes at Prescott businesses.
Freedom Flight Prison of War and Missing in Action Hot Air Balloon
To raise awareness on veterans’ issues, the Prescott community will be treated to rides in a tethered balloon Saturday, May 1. The Prescott School District gave permission to Hastings, Minn. veteran Dean Markuson to tether the balloon on the Borner Fields behind the Old Ptacek’s Event Center.
Visitors can ride in the tethered balloon and a free will donation will be accepted.
The hot air balloon from the St. Cloud, Minn.-based Freedom Flight Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Hot air Balloon will offer rides starting at 7 p.m., weather permitting.
On Friday night, the balloon will be tethered at Hastings Calvary Christian Church in
Photo courtesy of American Legion Post 61