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Friends of Freedom Park hold fundraiser Saturday

Dr. Guy Lafitte, historian and riverboat gaming expert, entertained the guests with card games and river tricks.1 / 3
Living historians Sarah French (left) and Kevin Geraghty (middle) share a conversation with Friends of Freedom Park Executive Director Jessica Bierbrauer. 2 / 3
Music was provided by the “Tin Pan Alley Cats.” (Herald photos by Jason Schulte)3 / 3

PRESCOTT--“An evening at Prescott Landing” was the theme for the Friends of Freedom Park’s annual fundraising event Saturday at The Ridgetop.

Music was provided by the “Tin Pan Alley Cats,” along with entertainment by Dr. Guy Lafitte, historian and riverboat gaming expert.

Visitors could place bids on silent and live auction items. Silent auction items included prizes from the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Science Museum, along with local businesses Carbone’s Pizzeria, Dairy Queen, Clifton Highlands Golf Club, Red Wing Cinema and Cernohous Chevrolet.

The live auction items consisted of a private tour of KARE-TV, channel 11 (Minneapolis-St. Paul), by Prescott native Belinda Jensen, an overnight stay at Thorwood Retreats in Hastings, Minn., and a three-day stay at a Lutsen condo.

Freedom Park Executive Director Jessica Bierbrauer commended those in attendance for their support and offered a few words about the center.

“It’s a beautiful location high up on the banks of the river,” she said. “It’s a really uplifting place to be and work at.

“Prescott is a special place and the confluence (where the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers meet) is a special place. Many cultures that have met at the confluence have clashed, battled, fought it out and come together in peace.”

The mission of Freedom Park is to provide high quality educational programs that create an appreciation for Prescott’s special place at the rivers’ confluence.

“The work we do is important as we develop a passion and understanding for the river,” Bierbrauer continued. She later added, more than once, the “River is important and must be protected.”

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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