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BBQ Benefit Raises Money For Wis. Wildfire Victims

Updated: 05/12/2014 2:24 PM
Created: 06/02/2013 10:42 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

A small community got together Sunday to help out Barnes fire victims and firefighters affected by the Germann Road Fire.

About 200 people showed up for a benefit at RC's Decoy Inn. There was a barbeque, raffles and a sundae bar. All money raised will be donated to fire victims and firefighters.

The idea for an event started with Stephen Vanderburg.

"It's overwhelming," Vanderburg said. "It touches me right here what these people do in a small community like this."

Vanderburg was already planning a BBQ, but last weekend him and few others decided to make it a benefit. Several families lost their homes in Barnes, including Fire Captain Deanna Glinski.

"It was our first home together," Glinski said. "We have four kids. So, it was a big disappointment."

While Glinski's home was destroyed, she was thinking of others when the fire was burning.

"My fire chief asked if I was okay and I said, 'Yep, where we going next?'" Glinski said. "It's very touching that this many people care about people they barely know."

If you want to donate to people affected by the wildfires last month, send a check to State Bank of Drummond. A Northern Wisconsin Wildfire Fund is set up there.

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