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Tickets on sale for ‘Friends of Friends’ charity event

Tickets are now on sale for the 6th annual Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger charity event.

This annual event will take place at Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail on January 25. The evening will include a social and auction beginning at 5:30 p.m., dinner and dancing to the sounds of the “Rockin ‘60s,” and other fun.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the Perham United Way office (at 665 SW 3rd Street), or Fergus Falls United Way office or by calling 218-770-9406).

Since 2009, the Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger in Otter Tail County have been behind the scenes working to prevent hunger for thousands of individuals and children in local communities. To date, the group has raised more than $350,000 to fight hunger.

Last year, Friends of Friends raised more than $70,000 for the Children’s Weekend Feeding Backpack Program, seven area food shelves, and Community Connect Mobile Food Drops for persons in need in Otter Tail County.

The children’s backpack program is for children in Otter Tail County who may not otherwise have food resources over the weekend and on long holidays away from school.

Currently, more than 300 children are enrolled in this program. Packages of nutritional and easy to prepare foods are supplied by North Country Food Bank. In the last year, more than 47,000 pounds of food have been distributed to children who are registered for the program.

Funds from the Friends of Friends annual charity event were also used to purchase 50,315 pounds of food for mobile food drops in Parker’s Prairie, Fergus Falls, Battle Lake and Perham, and partially support the 368,802 pounds delivered to seven area food shelves. All in all, over the last year North Country Food bank has delivered 466,324 pounds of food to these three programs, which is equivalent to 364,316 meals.

United Way is serving as a partner and fiscal host for the Friends of Friends group. United Way’s mission is to improve lives in Otter Tail County by mobilizing the caring powers in the community. United Way provides support to programs in Otter Tail County by focusing on financial stability, education and good health.