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Reiser Relief keeps wheels turning inHaiti
Rev. Bernard Reiser welcomes hundreds to the annual Keep the WheelTurning Reiser Relief fund-raiser event, staged April 26 at the Courtyardsof Andover Photo by Sue Austreng
by Sue Austreng
Their hearts beating with boundless compassion and
their wallets eager for bountiful harvest, some 500
guests attended the April 26 Bringing Hope to Haiti
fund-raising event at the Courtyards of Andover.
The fth annual Reiser Relief fund-raiser was staged
at the Courtyards of Andover and guests did, indeed,
to their best to “keep the wheel turning.”
That wheel – the wheel of life fueled by Reiser Relief
projects providing fresh water, stocking food centers
and funding education and eldercare facilities – isturning in the impoverished country of Haiti.According to Doris Schulte, vice president of the
Reiser Relief board, $55,000 in donations have been
collected as a result of the event – and checks arestill coming in.
Money was raised at the April 26 event when guests
purchased $5 general admission tickets, participa
ted in live and silent auctions, purchased rae tic
-kets, paid entry fees to play a couple of games and
bought copies of Rev. Bernard Reiser’s devotionalbook, “Reiser’s Ramblings.”
“We are so grateful for the generosity of so manypeople,” said Schulte.
Reiser, the founder of Reiser Relief and longtimepriest at Epiphany Catholic Church, Coon Rapids,echoed Schulte’s sentiment.
“We are so grateful for the support from all of
you,” Reiser said. “May God bless each of you most
abundantly and know you are in my daily Massand prayers.”
Fresh water project
In addition to Bringing Hope to Haiti fund-raiser
money going to Reiser Relief’s Haitian service pro
- jects, a refurbished water truck will be sent to theCaribbean country, as well.
The truck, acquired and refurbished by Harri Rinta,
will be used along with a second Reiser Relief wa
-ter truck to deliver fresh, free water to 24 neighbo-rhoods in one of the poorest slums in the westernhemisphere.
May 7, 2011