‘Raise the Roof’ benefit at Coon Rapids American Legion

The first of two “Raise the Roof” fundraisers on successive Saturdays took place at the Coon Rapids American Legion July 13.

The first of two “Raise the Roof” fundraisers on successive Saturdays took place at the Coon Rapids American Legion July 13.

The first of two “Raise the Roof” fundraisers on successive Saturdays took place at the Coon Rapids American Legion July 13.

The summer bash event Saturday included a pig roast feed, a Coon Rapids American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary bake sale and a 1960s rock and roll concert.

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 20) at 8 p.m., Roger Peterson, new Coon Rapids American Legion club manager, will present a benefit comedy show.

The purpose of both events is to raise money to put a new roof on the American Legion building on Crooked Lake Boulevard. The current roof has been leaking for some time.

A $69,000 contract has been approved by the Legion membership for the roof replacement project, which will start the first week of September and take a week to complete.

A down payment for half the project cost has been paid by the Legion, but more money needs to be raised to pay the balance.

The pig roast got a late start Saturday because of the early morning storm that swept through the Twin Cities.

Jamie Nordling had planned to begin roasting the 128-pound pig at 6:30 a.m., but it was still raining hard at that time, he said.

Instead, he did not start the process until 7:40 a.m., but it was ready for carving shortly after 1 p.m.

According to Nordling, the roasted pig provided up to 150 servings.

He also cooked up some pork shoulders for serving inside the Legion post while the pig was roasting outside, Nordling said.

A Coon Rapids resident, Nordling was standing in for Dale Arnes, of Road Hog Catering, who provided the pig for roasting.

Arnes was unable to perform roasting duties because he was out of town, Nordling said.

In addition to the auxiliary’s bake sale, the event July 13 also included a four-hour concert by Mick James and the Flames performing 1960s rock and roll music.

The show July 20 not only features Peterson, who has performed in comedy shows in New Mexico as well as the Twin Cities and is donating the proceeds from the event to the roof fund, but comedians Dale Nusbaum and Karen J. Larson.

Advance individual VIP tickets are $10 or $15 at the door, while a table for eight can be purchased in advance for $70 or $100 at the door.

General admission tickets are $7 advance and $10 at the door. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted to the show because the material may contain some adult language and situations.

For more information contact Peterson at 763-421-6260 (office) or 505-401-6557 (cell) or www.coonrapidslegion.org

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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