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Relationships can be 'Golden'

Faith in Action will offer "good food, good company, and a good program" April 18 at the Sheldon Theatre, LaVonne Lommel promises.

"I'm excited about the evening," the agency board member said.

When guests get to the Sheldon Theatre, Lommel said, they will be welcomed with hors d'oeurves. Then at 7 p.m., the program will start with a skit written by Linda Meacham. The Red Wing woman depicts a relationship between two characters: a young boy named Billy and an older man named Gramps.

"Faith in Action is all about relationships and developing relationships with the people that we serve. Billy and Gramps in this little skit develop a relationship over fishing," Judy Kizer said. She is Faith in Action's board chair.

Following this, there will be a showing of the 1981 movie "On Golden Pond," staring Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman. The movie also focuses on relationship building -- between husband and wife, father and daughter, and, primarily, between an old man who is entering the first stages of dementia and a younger man who no one wants around.

"It's just a really neat movie to see this relationships build," Kizer said.

Organizers selected this movie because of how it focuses on relationships and because of how inclusive it is of different age groups.

Lommel said Faith in Action volunteers range in age and are from most of the churches in Red Wing.

"Our mission really is to enrich area residents' lives through faith-based volunteer efforts," Lommel said.

The volunteers in this non-profit organization:

• offer house visits,

• provide transportation locally for those who cannot driv themselves,

• transport cancer patients for out-of-town treatment,

• pick up books for people from the library,

• facilitate caregiver support groups.

• and offer respite care.

Many times, the women said, volunteering in these ways requires people to donate hours of their day, go out of their way and put miles on their vehicles -- which means they have something else driving them inside.

"The people are doing it out of love because they want to be there helping," Kizer said.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward having a staff member always available to answer phones and relay services to the group's volunteers. The two women agree that this is key to successful outreach.

If you go...

Who: Faith in Action

What: "On Golden Pond" fundraiser

When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday April 18

Where: Sheldon Theater

How much: $20