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Ready Randy’s to host annual silent auction and wine tasting event

It has now become a yearly tradition for St. Croix and Polk counties to come together to combat homelessness through a silent auction event.

R&D Catering/Ready Randy’s in New Richmond will open its doors Saturday, Nov. 19, to host the annual silent auction and wine tasting event with the proceeds going in support of Grace Place and Serenity Home shelters.

Grace Place and Serenity Home provide emergency housing for struggling friends and neighbors in area communities. Residents at the shelters typically stay an average of three months — during which time staff and volunteers provide the tools and moral support they need to reach their individual goals. These goals include finding employment and obtaining necessary medical attention, as well as learning valuable skills necessary to maintain independence.

Often, homelessness isn’t always visible in our part of the state. Even in our bigger cities like Hudson, it can be hard to spot a homeless person on the streets, unlike metropolitan areas, the area homeless population is hidden. When breaking down numbers and looking at just enrolled students in area districts that are homeless, the numbers are astounding. The latest numbers available from 2014-15 school year show that 62 students in the Hudson School District were reported as homeless; this is only those that are reported. The numbers can often be higher.

In the three counties Grace Place serves, the combined school districts total count is 342 homeless students. This does not include little brothers or sisters or moms and dads who are all a part of the population of homeless living right here in the area. Also not included in this is individuals without children who are homeless.

Both Serenity Home and Grace Place work round the clock and are staffed 24 hours a day to ensure that families and individuals who need a second chance or a helping hand have that opportunity.

One way a person can help is by attending this event. Attending the wine tasting event will help to contribute to the success of these shelters and toward helping those in the most need.

Gather up some friends and join this group of volunteers on Nov. 19, from 6-9:30 p.m. There will be wine samples, appetizers, desserts and this year, Oliphant and Barley Johns will be sponsoring some samples of beer, too. Wine samples are sponsored by The Liquor Depot in Somerset, Family Fresh in New Richmond and Break thru distributors. Also, Cedar Lake Teas and 45th Parallel are all coming together to support the efforts of caring for the homeless.

Tickets are available for the event in advance for $30 at Ready Randy’s in New Richmond, Grace Place in New Richmond or Serenity Home in Balsam Lake. Tickets will also be available at the door for $35.

For more information about this event or about the shelters, call Jackie at 715-246-4446, ext. 3.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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