The Rockne community is known for their generosity and solidarity in supporting a good cause while having fun. This spirit of fun and generosity brought a crowd to Holtman Hall on August 7 to raise funds to help a group of young parishioners from the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart attend Global Youth Day 2023 in the summer. next in Portugal.
World Youth Day is a worldwide meeting with the Pope celebrated approximately every three years in a different country. It offers young people the opportunity to deepen their faith and to meet other people who share common convictions and ambitions.
The August 7 fundraiser included raffle tickets, a silent auction and a pork loin cutlet meal prepared by Alan Grohman and Circle G Catering. Auctioneer Melissa Voigt did a fantastic job of keeping the crowd excited to bid on the many items. Each of the young people who will go on a trip has made and donated an item at auction. Rockne-themed cornhole boards made by Colton Junek made the highest bid of the day at $1,500, bought by the Ovon Goertz family.
The event raised $30,921 to help these young people. They’ve been hard at work throughout the year with bake sales and have a few other events planned, like a garage sale at Holtman Hall on Oct. 8, a Rockne Ramble 5K race on Nov. 5, and a raffle and a upcoming meal. on March 4, 2023.
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Scorching July temperatures didn’t stop music lovers from heading to Leon’s Country Store for Herman Fest on July 9. Trophy Husbands, as well as Travis Frank, John Michael Groot and Mark Lee of Spare Parts.
Next, Brandi Behlen brought her original tunes and soulful vocals to the stage, followed by the twangy, local favorite The Wyatt Ellis Band. Later that night, fans stepped out to hear local singer-songwriter Logan Tucker headlining straight from Nashville to Rockne.
Herman Fest is also known for its delicious fried chicken prepared by Mark and Teri Meuth of Meuth’s Place in Rockne with accompaniments made by Melissa Voigt who, along with her daughter Ashlyn Tutor, also served as auctioneer for the live auction of HermanFest.
Herman Fest raises funds each year to help local residents in need, and this year all proceeds from the day went to Buster Huckaby and Tabitha Osborn Gilcrease. Huckaby is a longtime friend of the Herman Goertz family who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in 2020 and needs help with his ongoing medical expenses. Gilcrease is a cousin of Herman’s who recently suffered the tragic loss of her husband, Alvin Gilcrease, who had just started a new job and did not yet have insurance benefits, so the funds will help cover medical expenses and final expenses.
The auction included several unique handmade items, such as a vintage window decorated with a Leon’s Country Store design made by Megan Tucker and purchased by Davy Tucker and Matt Tucker for $1,000. Mark and Donna Bartsch are always big donors for community events and this year Mark made and donated a bench from an old Ford hatchback he got from Herman’s brother, Jimmy Goertz, which raised $1,250 when the Bartsches decided to buy it and donate it to Leon’s for customers to enjoy.
The highest bid of the night was $3,500 for the custom Herman Fest guitar, designed by Wayne Capehart and donated by Capehart and Mark Randall Goertz. The group of buyers, who donated the guitar to Leon for display, included Steve Meuth, Scott Faust, Keaton Bartsch, Jason Klaus, Stephen Tucker, Davy Tucker, Matt Tucker and Justin Meuth.
Herman Fest is first and foremost a day to celebrate the spirit and memory of the late Herman Goertz, Leon’s owner, musician and generous friend to all who knew him. The day was both fun and successful, raising just over $23,000.