Organizers are thankful for all the support shown Saturday at the Kailer Rogal memorial fundraiser in Blumenort. 

Kailer Rogal died of suicide nine months ago. His mother Lisa says they organized a fundraiser in support of youth and mental health. Proceeds will be going towards the Backstage YFC Building Project in Blumenort. 

Saturday's event included a chainsaw carving contest and silent auction. There was also a BBQ lunch.

"It was really, really good," says Rogal. "It was steady all day. People showed up which is just awesome."

Rogal says a highlight for her was having Kailer's close circle of friends there all day.

"That was huge for my heart," shares Rogal. "They helped out with serving. So, I'm sure many people met them."

Rogal says she was also blown away by the silent auction prizes that came in.

"Our community is just amazing," she adds. "They come together, and they give. We know this about the southeast."

One of the items that was auctioned off was an autographed guitar by Robb Nash, who also spoke at the event. 

The chainsaw carving contest was organized by Lawrence Friesen of Carvings by Lawrence, who assembled a group of chainsaw carvers to put their artistic talents on display at Saturday's fundraiser.

"That was really, really cool," adds Rogal. "We had eight carvers and the kaleidoscope of things that they saw in these logs of wood, that they just carved out of them was amazing."

According to Rogal, they are still tabulating how much money has come in from the fundraiser, but it looks as though they are right around $7,000. However, she notes it is not too late to donate, as the fundraiser is still ongoing. Those wishing to make a donation are invited to do so until 11:59 pm on October 1st. Rogal adds they also still have T-shirts for sale for anyone wishing to purchase one. 


With files from Corny Rempel


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