Show it and they will come
Faith in Action of Red Wing will hold its fourth annual movie fundraiser at the Sheldon Theatre on Thursday May 15 with the showing of the iconic movie “Field of Dreams,” starring Kevin Costner.
The evening of entertainment serves as the main fundraiser for the organization’s fiscal year and helps fund its non-profit operations.
A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and a baseball-themed skit will start at 7 p.m., followed by the movie.
Board member and longtime volunteer LaVonne Lommel said that there will be plenty of ball-park themed appetizers along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage choices.
“The whole event will be centered on the theme,” she said.
She noted how the theme of Faith in Action is similar to the movie quote, ‘Build it and they will come.’”
Tickets are $20 and available at Faith in Action, 1407 W. Fourth St. or from any partner churches or board members.
The ticket cost supports both the program and the cost of the event.
“We are hoping for a full-house,” board member Judy Kizer, said.
Both Lommel and Kizer, along with fellow board members, have met monthly since the beginning of the year to coordinate details for the event.
Other board members are Kay Erickson, Connie Hanson, Laurie Hinrichs, Bob Lewis, Sharon Marty, Diane Norgarrd, Mike Schultz, George Snyder and Burt Will.
“We actually have to reserve the date a year in advance,” Lommel said. That way the Sheldon guarantees the space.
Planning and scheduling is also part of the day-to-day operations of the Faith in Action office, which is home a full-time director and two part-time employees.
Lee Neste is the executive director and has held the position since its start in Red Wing 16 years ago. Marcia Hislop is the volunteer coordinator and Don Tomczik serves as the organization’s dispatcher.
According to a Faith in Action information flyer, almost 200 volunteers completed 7,000 hours of work in 2013.
More than driving
The services provided by the volunteer base include: friendly visiting, transportation, road to recovery transportation (for out-of town radiation treatments), respite care (relief for full-time caregivers), caregiver support meetings and book deliveries and returns (partnership with Red Wing Public Library).
Transportation is a huge part of FIA’s services with nearly 22,000 miles driven by volunteers last year. One-way trips are also an option, and 3,000 miles of such were covered.
Also in 2013, clients received just over 3,000 hours of friendly visiting and caregivers 324 hours of respite.
Lommel began volunteering about eight years ago and said she has had the privilege of partnering with the same client for friendly visits all these years.
“You really become connected,” she said. “There’s a bond that’s created.”
Another of her fondest memories was the success of the first fundraiser at the Sheldon Theater — and those that have followed.
One of Kizer’s favorite memories was her opportunity to transport a client to dialysis for three years.
“There was a friendship created. We shared many good times,” Kizer said.
Kizer became a volunteer after she returned to Red Wing.
“It is a good way to re-familiarize with the community and meet people you have never met,” Kizer said.
The FIA mission states, “To enrich area residents’ lives through faith-based volunteer efforts.”
For more information, visit www.faithinactionredwing.org or call 651-385-3290.