Pancakes and pigskins: Uniting rival football fans with a common mission

Copper Trail Brewing Company hosts Car Care Program fundraiser

Volunteer Jake Bauerfeld (left) and Car Care Program director Kris Chisholm competed in a two-minute pancake eating contest while other volunteers looked on. (Jasmine Johnson / Echo Press)

Volunteers served pancakes, sausage, fruit and drinks to visitors at Copper Trail Brewing Company as part of a Car Care Program fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 13.

Car Care Program board members, donors and recipients came out to support the nonprofit, as well as people who just enjoy pancakes, program director Kris Chrisholm said.

The Car Care Program fixes donated vehicles and gives them to referred people from the community who don’t have a functioning vehicle of their own.

Jars for free will offerings were scattered around on the picnic tables. In light of the Vikings and Packers football game streaming on TV, two of the jars on an information table were labeled so fans could insert their contribution under the team name of choice.

Kids were challenged to toss mini footballs through a tire. If they succeeded, they got to keep the ball. Vikings and Packers gear lined a silent auction table, and timed pancake eating contests were held.


Children attending the Car Care Program fundraiser Sunday tried throwing small, green footballs through the tires set up on a nearby table. (Contributed)

Jasmine Johnson joined the Echo Press staff in May 2020 as a general assignment reporter. She grew up in Becker, Minn., and later studied journalism and graphic design at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.
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