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Boys & Girls Clubs team up with WE Fest, offer prize package

For the third year in a row, WE Fest has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs in Detroit Lakes and Perham to give away a prize package to one lucky winner, drawn on the WE Fest stage before the final act on Aug. 9.

This year’s prizes include a 2014 21’ Gulf Stream AmeriLite travel trailer, a WE Fest VIP music and camping package for 2015, and a package of camping extras including a $200 Minnesota State Park gift card.

“This is a very exciting event for us each year,” said Patrick Petermann, the clubs’ executive director. “In the two years we’ve hosted this raffle event, over $98,000 has been raised to support after school and summer programs for local youth attending our clubs in Detroit Lakes and Perham.”

“Families in our communities need us more than ever, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve them because of the outstanding partnerships and local sponsors that support this event,” Petermann added.

Enrollment at both of the clubs’ locations continues to increase, and both are ready for busy summer programs that will serve a combined 200 children per day. Attendance during the 2013-2014 school year averaged nearly 250 children per day at both locations combined.

Three out of five children attending club activities receive help with homework each day. Additionally, the clubs help kids master social skills, create opportunities to be physically active, offer ways to express creativity through the arts, pair kids with adult mentors, and more.

The camper will be on display in the lakes area throughout the summer, including visits to many local events, parades, and festivals.

“Our volunteers, the community, and festival goers make this event a lot of fun. They really make the connection between the cost of a ticket and the benefit to a child. No doubt they genuinely want to win the grand prize, but they also understand that the kids are the real winners,” said Sue Trnka, the clubs’ resource development director.

Tickets will be available on June 1 at both club locations, at the Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store & More in Detroit Lakes, at the Re-Use-It Thrift Store in Perham, and for five days at WE Fest.

More information is available at A total of 3,000 tickets are available, for $20 each. Individuals interested in serving as ticket volunteers should call Sue Trnka at 847-5700, Ext. 4.