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Hill Top launches fundraiser

The Hill Top Heritage Foundation will sponsor its 25th annual steak fry and auction on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Buckskin Dance Hall in Killdeer.

The fundraiser for Dunn County's only long-term care facility begins with supper from 5:30-7 p.m., followed by the auction.

The meal includes steak on the grill with all the trimmings -- potatoes, salad and an assortment of desserts.

Event chairman Sheila Murphy said the auction will feature furniture painted by area artists. The artists include Cherri Lynch of Dunn Center, Andy Knutson of Towner, Patsy Sauter of Fargo, Abby Fettig Wald of Wahpeton, and Vicki Pennington, Candace Morris, Donna Knutson, Tally Kleeman and Talia Bang, all of Killdeer.

The pieces include benches, stools, tables, a toy box, a ladder chair, a child's chair and a cabinet with drawers.

As the furniture pieces are completed, they go on display at American Bank Center in Killdeer.

Additional donated items can either be left at the bank or at Hill Top Home of Comfort.

The Coach purse auction and raffle is back again by popular demand. The auction also includes a variety of themed baskets and memory baskets.

Anyone interested in providing a basket to honor of a loved one is asked to contact Murphy at 701-764-5283.

"We would love to work with you to come up with a basket reminiscent of your loved one," she said.

Smaller baskets will be sold at silent auction through the week of Oct. 14 at both banks in Killdeer.

"Come in any time during banking hours to see the offerings," Murphy said. "We have some nice things that would make good gifts!"

Murphy said the fundraiser is an important source of income to enhance living conditions at Hill Top Home of Comfort. Previous items included a van, a wheelchair washer, furniture for the lounge and an alarm system.

Proceeds from this year's auction will help renovate an underused wing of the home.

Administrator Gerry Leadbetter said the board of directors has approved a plan to convert a wing of the home into a 14-bed special care unit. It will feature four single rooms and five double rooms, a dining area, lounge and outdoor patio. The cost of refurbishing the area is estimated at $350,000.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.