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Strength in numbers

Community raises almost $60,000

 

January 11, 2018

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Brandon Fisher of Thompson Falls auctioned off the shaving of his beard to raise more than $600 for Randy Pirker (right). Brandon Fisher of Thompson Falls auctioned off the shaving of his beard to raise more than $600 for Randy Pirker (right). Brandon Fisher of Thompson Falls auctioned off the shaving of his beard to raise more than $600 for Randy Pirker (right). Brandon Fisher of Thompson Falls auctioned off the shaving of his beard to raise more than $600 for Randy Pirker (right). Courtesy photo Brandon Fisher of Thompson Falls auctioned off the shaving of his beard to raise more than $350 for Randy Pirker (right).

Standing room only is an overstatement for the scene at the Clark Fork Valley Elks Lodge in Thompson Falls on Saturday. Members of Thompson Falls and surrounding communities joined forces to raise money for Randy Pirker, a lifelong Thompson Falls resident who is battling stage four pancreatic cancer.

In all, approximately $60,000 was raised through the fundraiser and donations to an account established for Pirker at First Security Bank.

More than 300 people attended the event, which was organized by Pirker's daughters, Stephanie and Arikka, and friends.

Kevin Hill of Kevin Hill Auction Service donated his services for the live auction portion of the evening, which followed a taco dinner and entertainment by Dave and Deb Oliver of Thompson Falls.

The final auction item of the evening was the chance to shave the beard of Brandon Fisher of Thompson Falls. Fisher said he had been growing his beard out for three months for the event.

Ed Benton of Thompson Falls paid $350 to rid Fisher of his 3-month growth.

"It's a really nice feeling to be able to help out," said Fisher, who also auctioned off his beard at a previous fundraiser. "A lot of people got a kick out of it and I feel honored to be able to contribute to the event."

Another part of the fundraiser was a raffle for a Chevy S-10 pickup donated by Gail Enger of Realty-Northwest. About $7,000 was raised from the truck raffle, with the winner being Paula Hanks of Thompson Falls.

 

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