Friday, March 18, 2011

Spaghetti Benefit for Leo Hoepfner Family!

Friends and family of the Hoepfner family are hosting a Spaghetti Benefit Dinner this Sunday March 20, with all proceeds benefiting the Leo Hoepfner Benefit Fund, to cover the family's medical, travel and living expenses during this time of crisis.

Leo is a husband and father fighting a rare bone cancer called chondrosarcoma.  He has received medical care at Sanford in Fargo and will now be headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for surgery and further treatment.  To read more about his family and the medical issues he's been facing, head over to their CaringBridge website.  (Just request the password and the author will send it to you.)

I don't know this family, but it is a friend of mine's family, and that brings it close to home for me.  You don't need to know them either to come out and support them on Sunday.  And, you'll get an awesome spaghetti dinner out of the deal!

The benefit is being held at Duane's House of Pizza on Highway 10 in Moorhead from 11 AM - 4 PM on Sunday.  Adults contributions are $10 and kids ages 1-5 are $5. 

I am a big fan of supporting families in need by attending benefits like this and thought you might like to know about it as well.  I am a self-proclaimed cheapskate, but I think it's important to be rich in giving.  Attending a benefit is such a blessing to the family or individual in need.  And, it's nothing out of your pocket but what you'd spend on a meal out anyway!

I know from personal experience the blessing my family received from a benefit put on for us when my husband Nate needed an unexpected heart surgery just after we were married.  There was no way for us to completely provide financially for ourselves and our medical costs at that time, and that is often the case for families facing medical issues.  I still am grateful to those that put in time planning the benefit, but also for those who came out to eat spaghetti that night!

Please consider heading over to Duane's in Moorhead on Sunday, or consider making a donation to the "Leo John Hoepfner Benefit Fund" at any Gate City Bank.


  1. Love this post! We too we blessed with help during our medical crisis and I cannot thank God enough for the giving hearts of people.

  2. Sheila, this is beautiful, your post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for spreading the word. Erin B.