‘Better With Age’ fundraiser in its fifth year

Event to benefit both Horizon Health and Linden Hill 

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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Linden Hill and Horizon Health are partnering for the fifth year in a row to put on the “Better With Age” fundraiser. The event, to be held Thursday, June 28, will be held at Linden Hill on the grounds, at the Pavilion and in the Musser home.

Half of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Linden Hill to help preserve and maintain the property and half the funds will go the Horizon Health for the services it provides to its clients.

The fifth annual “Better With Age” fundraiser, benefiting Horizon Health and Linden Hill, is scheduled for Thursday, June 28. Pictured are front row (from left): Noonie Boldon, Sue Paulson and Jan Nelson. Back row: Vicki Villebro, Sarah Fyten and Becky Weyer. They are a few of the dozens who have volunteered to make this an even larger success than previous years.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. It starts with wine and beer tasting in the Pavilion, along with appetizers.

At 5:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., Jeff Anderson, sommelier, will be giving advice on different wines in the music room of the Musser home.

The wine and beer will be provided by Westside Discount Liquor, D and D Beer Company and Cold Spring Brewery.

Also in the Musser home, Mark Norgren of Reality Roasters will have both a featured regular and a decaffeinated coffee for patrons to try from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., patrons will be served a pork dinner with all the trimmings and at 8 p.m., music will be provided by “Club Ramone.”

The release of wish lanterns will be at 9:30 p.m. The biodegradable mini-hot air balloons will be released after a wish is made and they float away, creating a spectacular view in the night sky.

Both the silent and live auctions take place at about 9:30 p.m., too.

During the fundraising event, tours will be given of both the Musser and the Weyerhaeuser mansions and the grounds of Linden Hill.

Guests will have an opportunity to purchase a bottle of wine for $20. Each bottle will be in a sleeve, so no one will know what is being bought.

“The guests may purchase a $10 bottle or a $60 bottle,” said Horizon Health’s marketing and Funds Development Director Vicki Villebro.

Patrons of the fundraiser also have the opportunity to purchase wine with dinner or to bring home.

The silent auction includes tickets to the Ordway Theater in Minneapolis, bug exterminator services, a dinner at A.T. Black and White in Little Falls and season sports tickets at St. John’s University.

The live auction will include dinner and an overnight stay for 12 at Linden Hill, compliments of Linden Hill, Horizon Health, Sue Paulson, Ann Owen and Westside Discount Liquor; a biking package for four people, compliments of Jordie’s Trailside Cafe in Bowlus; a handmade quilt; an overnight stay at Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis and dinner at Glueks Restaurant; a hot tub rental, compliments of Captain Ron’s Spa and Oasis; and an outdoor fire ring.

The attendees are encouraged to wear black and/or white clothing for the event.

“Everyone dressing in the same colors will make the evening more fun,” said Villebro.

Tickets for the event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. They may be purchased  at Ambiance @ 53, Lin Furniture, Linden Hill, Pine Country Bank, West Side Discount Liquor, GoldSmith Jewelers, all in Little Falls, and Horizon Health in Pierz.

Sponsoring the “Better With Age” event are Pine Country Bank, Westside Discount Liquor, Christianson Group, Little Falls Exchange Club, Minnesota Power, D and D Beer Company, Cold Spring Brewery and Lakes Printing.