They came in droves in show of support
"This so overwhelming," said a teary-eyed Chris DeVos about the outpouring of support people in and around the area that showed for her during a fundraising even Saturday at the Sportsmen's Club in Minneota.
Friends and family involved in the event had planned on holding what they believed would be a modest bake sale, silent auction, raffle and meal among other things to raise money to help defray medical costs for DeVos. But even they were stunned by the donated items and the many people that attended throughout the day.
"I never expected it to be this big at all," said Nancy Longhenry, a friend of DeVos who helped spearhead Saturday's event.
People carried donated silent auction or baked goods into Sportsmen's Club for hours before the event. Organizers were pricing and placing items on tables, but were having trouble finding room for everything.
"This is unbelievable," said Linda Hennen, Chris' mother. "I never expected all this."
The number of donated items for the bake sale was so great that some had to be placed in boxes on the floor.Still, the event was well organized and ran smoothly. A meal of BBQ's hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, desserts and beverages were served during the event.
The items donated for the silent auction filled tables along three walls of the Sportsmen's Club as well as a few other tables. The items included items such as a grill, an autographed jersey of Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr., gift baskets, quilts, paintings, home decor, toy tractors, household appliances, gift certificates and much more.
The number of raffle tickets sold numbered in the hundreds. The raffle included a Browning rifle, a time share week stay in Florida, a quarter of beef, and several cash prizes.
"This all helps a lot," said DeVos, referring to her medical costs. "But I'm not thinking about that at all really. I'm thinking more about what all these people did for me. It's just great to see how much everyone has done to help."