Hospice, heart-warming stories and Harmon Killebrew were in the spotlight at Target Field on Aug. 16, for the Second Annual Harmon Killebrew Hospice Day.
Busloads of people from Perham, Willmar, Brandon, Rothsay, Pelican Rapids, Parker’s Prairie, Minnetonka, Henning, Battle Lake and other cities joined in the fun.
Fans loaded up on Saturday morning and headed to Alexandria, Minn., for the first stop, where Pete’s County Market grilled burgers and served Barrel-O-Fun chips and Killebrew root beer floats. Nearly 1,400 people gathered for the tail-gating lunch, talking with Nita Killebrew, Harmon’s widow, and sharing their hospice stories.
From Alexandria, the buses continued their trek to the Twin Cities. Fans watched a DVD specially made for the bus trip, featuring photos of Harmon from the many visits he made to people during the nearly 10 years he volunteered with hospice.
All bus riders were given T-shirts and treat bags filled with giveaway items, including a bag of chips from KLN Family Brands, the day’s main corporate sponsor. Each rider also received a “Harmon Homer Hankey” and commemorative window cling. Educational pieces about hospice were included, along with a special Harmon Killebrew collector baseball card.
Nearly 1,500 people were estimated to have attended the Twins game at Target Field that day, some of them arriving on their own, but most riding the charter buses.
A 60-second slide show kicked off a hospice preshow, followed by a group of girls from Perham who sang a collection of songs. Two boys from the Perham Boys and Girls Club threw out the first pitch.
An orange Harley Davidson Road King “Flying Dutchman” motorcycle with Bert Blyleven’s signature was raffled off during the game. Carroll Rohrich, of Battle Lake, won the motorcycle.
The Twins did not disappoint, with a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
For more information and photos of the event, visit HospiceKillebrew.org.