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Vegas Night returns to Legion

The Somerset Memorial Scholarship Fund will host its eighth annual Vegas Night Out at the Somerset American Legion on Saturday, April 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. and gambling tables are open from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They are available for pre-sale at B&J Hardware and The Sportmans Bar & Grill in Somerset.

The Somerset Memorial Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, according to Somerset High School guidance counselor Jenna Evenson.

“Each year the committee awards scholarships equaling thousands of dollars to graduating seniors from Somerset High School,” Evenson said. “This event is a fundraiser to raise money for the scholarship committee.”

Each year local businesses donate prizes for the event. Items will be auctioned off at the end of the night, which players can buy with their winnings.

Evenson said the committee is starting a new scholarship this year in memory of Charles “Moon” Mullan Jr.

Mullan, one of the founding members of the Somerset Memorial Scholarship Fund, passed away Jan. 22 of cancer. He left behind his wife of 61 years, Alice, seven children, 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

According to his obituary, he worked at Great Northern Railroad and later joined the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS Bryce Canyon as a radio operator. He later returned to the railroad, then worked at 3M for 29 years.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion posts 8 and 40, the Piston Pushers and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a big supporter of projects in the Somerset community.

According to Evenson, Mullan, Harold Rivard and Dennis Fleischauer organized the committee to reward deserving students after Mullan lamented the lack of scholarships available for Somerset graduates. The three men donated their own funds the first year to give a scholarship to one student.

For more information about the event, or to make a donation, contact Evenson at 715-247-4848 ext. 221 or

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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