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Benefit spaghetti dinner & dancing to Grind for our friend Jacqueline Ahlers

There will be a $10 charge for the spaghetti dinner collected at Thunder Valley, if you choose to attend the dinner. There is NO COVER for this event.
There will also be a silent auction and an auction for a date with one of 4 GORGEOUS women!!!

Jackie is a bright, wonderful soul who has touched the hearts of many of us. Her love of dancing, music, and alternative healing has brightened and inspired our hearts and minds.

Most of us have been fortunate enough this last year to be able to look ahead to 2014 with happy anticipation. Unfortunately for our friend Jackie, this is not the case as she begins radiation treatments following 2 surgical attempts to remove a very rare invasive cancerous tumor that has an extremely high chance of regrowth. Jackie has and continues to require many tests and treatments, including hospitalization and radiation treatments 5 days a week for 4-8 weeks while coping with other existing medical issues.

For those of you who do not know her, Jackie is a single mother of a 17 year old autistic son. She has suffered many significant losses and survived many tragedies throughout her life. She has been disabled since 2005. She has gone from working as a professional with an advanced degree to wondering how she will survive each day. Without having the stability and security of employment or a safe & secure place to call home, Jackie is now faced with mounting bills associated with daily life and ongoing medical care.

With the help of local rock band Grind and along with the help of Tony at Thunder Valley Bar and Grill in Burnsville, we hope to be able to show Jackie the love and assistance that she truly needs and deserves. Whether you are able to donate $10 or $1000, any amount will help. Please help us bring a little bit of hope and love by giving as much as you can.

Thanks to all of you for your help and generosity!!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone please post where the group is sitting? Thanks!

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a specific start and end time for the auction?

    February 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. The silent auction will end at 8:30. The raffle will end at 11:00

      February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I will be coming too!

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drive if anyone in the northeast metro wants to carpool. Let me know. ;)

    February 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sorry, Pagnia. I'm already in the general area of the benefit now so I can no longer carpool.

      February 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No prob! Thanks for letting me know. Maybe I'll see you down there later then.

      February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    He bailed already

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I talked a friend into coming with and we will do the dinner and dancing. If he bails I will make sure to donate online.

    February 1, 2014

  • Toniy

    Now will get there early and have to leave early.

    February 1, 2014

  • Anna

    I signed up under Burnsville and the Burbs. Probably will not be there until at least 6 pm.

    February 1, 2014

  • OZZZZY

    I'm playing Texas holdem a few miles down the road. I'll show up some time later depending on lady luck.

    February 1, 2014

  • Jeff H

    I donated online. I'm not sure if I can make it. What time is the date auction? Who's in the lineup? :-)

    February 1, 2014

  • Toniy

    It will be fun and good to support Jackie

    January 31, 2014

  • Toniy

    Oh so I can come after my church thing and still get the dinner near 7-8p

    January 31, 2014

  • Anna

    What time does the dinner start and end Brad?

    January 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Anna! Dinner starts at 5p.m. and the kitchen closes at 11p.m.

      January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    No dates with men? Darn!

    1 · January 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      See the update Corinna! I think you'll be happily surprised!

      January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alright, first I want to thanks everyone for their donations of time, auction items and prayers! You are all amazing!
    We do have some really nice items including Twins and Timberwolves tickets, Wild Mountain Lift passes, Signed and numbered wildlife prints, golf equipment, photography package, signed photos from the Twins, Vikings and Wild. Too much to put on here now.
    AND THE BEST PART FOR YOU LADIES:
    Myke, the lead singer of Grind, has been added to our date auction!!
    Cash and checks only for the auction please!!

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brad-
    Are you cross-posting this event with other meet up groups?

    January 16, 2014

    • Alexis

      I added it to TC Social. Best wishes! Sorry I can't make it. http://www.meetup.com...­

      January 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Alexis! Every little bit helps!

      January 22, 2014

  • Lisa M

    Do you know what time the band is supposed to start Brad? A mbr in 1 of my other groups is asking.

    January 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The band starts at 9.

      January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is not a shout out to anyone. It is the most quiet, tender and loving whisper to each of your hearts. It is very quiet, one you need to listen closely, to hear within.
    Please hear this soft whisper....if it were self and not Jacqueline, how would it make self to feel to have so many people reach out, from their heart to help in any way, and all ways they can??

    Sometimes a person does not need the financial support. In Jacqueline's situation, she does.

    But everyone, every person.... needs to feel loved and cared about.

    Showing love comes in many forms. It can be donating items, giving more money then the $10 even if you can not attend, coming up with other fund raisers, etc, your heart will lead you....

    January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brad, Thank you so much for putting this together for this lady and hosting it. You have a Good Heart!
    We do not need to know another, to care about their well being.

    Is there items for the silent auction being taken? If so, what is the name and address of person we should send these items to? I have 10 Movie tickets, that never expire, I would like to donate for this cause.
    Thank you.

    January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Pam! Thank you. We are accepting items for the auction. They can be sent to me directly at: Brad McFarland 23371 Arrowhead St. N.W. St. Francis, MN 55070, or I can arrange to pick them up. Thanks again for your support.

      January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brad, still holding out for the Hoopsnakes...should know mpre by the weekend. Would like to think we could make dinner...Not sure how far Medina is from Burnsville.

    January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys!
    I mean really??? Take a look at who's going!!! Gagan doesn't stand a chance!!!

    January 6, 2014

  • Flo

    My heart goes out to Jacqueline. Is there an address where we could send a donation? I'm not sure if I can make the event.

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Flo! Thanks for your support! Here's a link to the fundraising site:

      January 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      1 · January 6, 2014

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