The annual fundraiser for Crossroads of Crawford County is just two weeks away.

“Seasons Change” is the theme of the event.

“Not only is it a fall festival as summer draws to an end, but Crossroads walks with many families or individuals through seasons of change in life,” said Janette Clausen, Crossroads of Crawford County director.

The event is the organization’s annual fundraiser and it also doubles as the annual meeting.

Crossroads is a nonprofit Christian family outreach service that provides creative helping in situations such as pregnancy counseling, personal support for any issue, caregiver and single-parent support, adoption consultation and senior care assistance.

The fundraiser will feature indoor and outdoor activities.

“We’re going to have a very relaxed style,” Clausen said. “It’s open for any family members young to older. We’ll have activities for all ages.”

The Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association will grill steak sandwiches, hotdogs and burgers for a freewill donation meal.

Staley’s Food Service will provide baked beans and potato salad and Charter Oak community members are bringing desserts.

A cash bar will be available.

Entertainment will be sprinkled throughout the evening, Clausen said.

“We’ll have a mix of volunteered community talent. You can sit down and listen or be busy with the kids while they are doing activities.” she said.

“After supper you can sit down and listen as long as you like.”

Pastor Richard Merrill of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charter Oak will sing and play his guitar after he offers the opening prayer at 5 p.m.

The Zion Praise Singers from Zion Lutheran Church in Denison will perform.

Wade and Ruth Bruggeman are a retired husband and wife folk music act from Charter Oak. They sing, play guitar, and use a variety of objects for percussion.

Beth Ann Vogt, of Denison, will sing several songs.

Breaks of 20 minutes or so will take place between acts.

One purpose of the event is to spread awareness of what Crossroads does, Clausen said.

The event is also the key fundraiser that enables Crossroads to perform its mission.

“Proceeds from this event are what get us through a good part of our humble budget fiscal year, so it is really important,” she said. “The only way we have of providing our services is through community donations.”

The families that Crossroads serves are varied, but are often in situations any family could fairly quickly find themselves in, Clausen said.

“What we do is up to you,” she said in reference to community members who give in both small and large ways. “Everything counts.”

New board member nomination slips will be collected from Crossroads members at the annual meeting portion of the event and a refresher of the 2018 annual report will be given.

The Crossroads of Crawford County annual fundraiser takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on September 28 at the Charter Oak Community Building. The event is hosted by Charter Oak Helpers of Crossroads.

For more information, call 712-393-4673 or email

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