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Tribute to John Mundt

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Eagles Airies 1502 puts us over the top

One Million Dollars!

"Each year of the Eagles Telethon we start with one dollar," says Tom Nelson, one of the emcees of the telethon. This is the 45th year of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon. This year the telethon donations totaled over $50,000. With those donations, the total donations for 45 years reached over $1,000,000. "All f the volunteers, performers, and people who have donated couldn't be happier," Nelson continued.
Eagles Airies 1502 of Prairie du Chien, made the donation that put the telethon over the top. Monty Ames, president of Eagles Airies 1502 commented, "We couldn't be more proud that the people of Prairie du Chien come together and helped this great cause. We started this telethon 45 years ago and we never dreamed that we would reach and surpass $1,000,000."
"The success of the telethon has always been the people, all with extraordinary abilities. The ability to plan, to work together, to make us laugh or cry, sing, dance, or play an instrument. The people, who, year after year, have made donations of time, donations from pennies to thousands of dollars. The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon has always been about the outstanding teams of researchers and doctors who fight for a cure each and every day," added Tom Stram, another emcee.
All of the money that the telethon has made is donated to local research centers that have made great strides in heart and cancer research.

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Eagles Telethon could surpass $1 million total at 45th annual event*

By Correne Martin

Each year, for the past 45 years, the goal has been for the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon to raise just one dollar. The annual fundraiser has eclipsed that metaphorical amount hundreds of thousands of times over.
For the 2020 telethon this Saturday, Jan. 25, organizers are, in fact, eyeing the $1 million mark.
A total of $952,743 has been raised over the past 44 years by this televised hometown talent show—meaning, if $47,257 is raised this year, that glorious figure may be met and celebrated.
“This is such a great community effort. If the community of Prairie du Chien wishes to put us into a very unique category, it will. If not, that million will be there again next year,” said Tom Nelson, one of four co-hosts of the event. Others include Tom Stram, Natalie Stram and Dan Moris.
The money raised, from area citizens who live near or have moved afar, is collectively donated toward heart disease and cancer research at the Gundersen Medical Foundation, the UW Carbone Cancer Center, the UW Foundation and Mayo Clinic Health System.
“Our money is being put to good work,” Nelson said. “So many are going to benefit from the work that we do here.”
The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is all about the people. It’s broadcast live on local Mediacom channel 6, and online via the website, eaglestelethon.org. All ages and talents come out on one night to share their musical, comical, adorable, knowledgeable and dexterous abilities, live from the Bluff View Intermediate School cafeteria in Prairie du Chien. Many familiar faces will grace the telethon stage, sharing their resources, while new participants are always appreciated and can be snuck into the schedule. In addition, some videos are utilized to educate the public about health, research and the importance of early detection. Then, of course, donations of any amount are encouraged in good faith, or in memory of or in honor of people’s loved ones. Names of those who’ve passed can be added to the Memory Wall backdrop for the show. Also, 10-12 influential auction items are shared on the broadcast, while others are auctioned off at the Eagles Club.
The commercial-free show occurs from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Concessions are offered on site. If not attending in person, viewers can watch from numerous in-town businesses, including the Eagles Club on Beaumont Road, which is the hub of more fun activities, food and drinks for the community that night.
To make a donation toward this year’s fundraiser, visit eaglestelethon.org, and click “donate.” There, tax-deductible contributions can be made by way of PayPal and a credit card online, or a paper form can be downloaded and mailed in with a check. Or, donors may wait until the evening of the telethon and call in.
One special part of the telethon this Saturday will be a moment in memory of John Mundt, Esquire, titled, “The Vision: Seeing us as we were meant to be,” at 8:25 p.m. Mundt was a Prairie du Chien resident and locally-famed caricature artist who was, for many years, seated at the back of the room during the live telethon, creating drawings of attendees. He passed away suddenly in December.
“Anybody who has had his caricature drawings done is asked to bring them to the “studio” at Bluff View in time for the 8:25 feature when they will be held up for the cameras,” Nelson said. “If you’re watching from home and you have one, hold your caricature up in front of the TV.”
Also, all night, an easel and two empty chairs will be in the back of the room, paying homage to the man who was a dedicated community contributor.
This correlates well with the 2020 theme, Nelson noted, which is “We are among friends.”
In typical Tom Nelson sentimental fashion, yellow Chips of Hope have been made with the Heart & Cancer Telethon and Eagles Aerie 1502 logo on them. On the backside, carriers are reminded that these chips are a source of hope from this cause.
“It’s still the simple things out there in life that we need sometimes,” Nelson stated. “We all need a little bit of hope, whether we’re scared to death to go to the doctor because of an illness or pain, whether we’re taking a test we didn’t study for, or whether we just need a sunshiny day. As people go out with these in hand, I wish they might spread a little bit of hope and good cheer.”
As Saturday draws near, everyone is encouraged to bring forward their time, talents and treasures to make a difference in the lives of others. As they say around the Eagles Club, it’s for the “Good of the Order to all.”
*reprinted with permission of Correne Martin and The Courier Press!

Prairie du Chien Special Resolution

WHEREAS, the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon (“the Telethon”) will be celebrating its 45th year of raising funds in a proactive and entertaining manner in support of heart and cancer research, and;
WHEREAS, the Telethon has raised over $952,000.00 for the past 44 years and dispersed these funds to three different medical research facilities: Gundersen Clinic Research Center and Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse as well as the UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison; and
WHEREAS, the Telethon may surpass the million-dollar benchmark in donations received during its forty-five years, and;
WHEREAS, the Telethon has combined the talents and dedication of local volunteers to entertain its supporters and raise awareness of the importance of funding research into these two valuable causes;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, David Hemmer, Mayor of the City of Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim that January 19-26, 2020 shall be designated as “Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon Week” in the City of Prairie du Chien, and do encourage all residents to partake, enjoy and contribute to this worthwhile and outstanding cause.

Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon Auction Items - 2020

ALL BIDDING IS CLOSED Thank you so much for your support.

  1. All bids are verified periodically.
  2.  If we are not able to verify the bidder's information, the bid will be deleted. 
  3. All winning bids will be notified on the telethon night. 
  4. If we are unable to contact you, the item will go to the next highest bid. 
  5. ALL items must be picked up either at Bluff View School before 12:45 AM or the Eagles Club in Prairie du Chien.  
  6. All items must be paid for either at the time of pickup or via PayPal where a receipt must be shown.
Item A:
BarnYard 9
Two individual memberships and cart
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item B:
Former Eve Mae’s Pizza 
One Pizza and One Tivoli for a month for a year
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item C:
Green Bay Packers autographed football
(Image may vary from original)
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item D:
Girl Scout Cookies
 One case of mixed boxes of cookies
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item E:
Jones Black Angus
Prime Rib dinner for 10 People
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item F:
Mississippi Meats 
Rockweiler Appliance 
5 cubic ft freezer full of meat
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item G:
Rose Stram Pickles 
½ gal of pickles
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item H:
Southwest Bus 
Party Bus for 4 hours, seats 45 to stay in Wisc. winner needs to be 21
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item I:
Suppz Gym
1 one year membership
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item J:
True Value Party Package
Party Package includes 3 n 1 inflatable or sports obstacle & Inflatable game or alien invasion or tee-ball & Sno-cone Machine & Cotton Candy machine & 3 tables & 24 Chairs & 10ft x 15ft tent.

Must be used by November 1, 2020
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item K:
Warco Bus 
2 tickets to UW Band Concert for April 16, 2020
To bid on this item go to bit.ly/eaglesauction
Item L:
Wishing Well
Donated by Gail Zirngible Built by Scott Paulson
(Actual product may vary from photo)
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Homemade dill pickles bring in thousands for telethon over the years*

By Correne Martin
Delightfully sour and tangy, cool and crunchy, the perfect snack or sandwich topper—now that’s a good dill pickle.Rose Stram Pickles
Consider yourself lucky if you’ve ever savored Rose Stram’s dill pickles. Labeled as “prize-wining” by her family, though she admits they’ve never garnered any official awards, Rose’s jars of gherkins are sensational, to say the least. Just take it from this privileged taste tester. (Photo-Rose Stram, of Prairie du Chien, has been making her mouthwatering homemade pickles for nearly four decades and, for many of those years, she’s donated them to the Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon to be auctioned for charity. She’s donated a few jars and a cookbook to this year’s telethon. They will be on auction at the Eagles Club.)
Since 1974, Rose has been pickling cucumbers with her own basic recipe, found in a cookbook she can’t even remember today. And for many of those years, the 84-year-old has been making them not only for the grandkids, but also so she can donate them to benefits and fundraisers around the Prairie du Chien area. In the early years of the Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon, Rose, who grew up cooking alongside her mom, started contributing a couple jars in an effort to help raise funds for the cause.
“They usually bring at least $100 or more,” she shared. “A lot of times, they get donated back and bid on again. One time, they brought in over $300.”
Rose can’t recall how many years her pickles have been up for auction on the telethon. But for simplicity’s sake, using easy math, even if Rose’s pickles brought in $100 at the telethon for the last 30 years, it’s realistic to believe her homemade pickles have generated around $30,000 for the Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon. (The telethon will take place this Saturday, Jan. 25, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Bluff View School in Prairie du Chien, on local Channel 6 and at ustream.com.)
That’s quite a contribution, particularly for someone as humble as Rose who said she doesn’t even eat many of her own pickles. It’s her family and the fundraisers that motivate her to keep busy, every summer, personally picking fresh “straight eight” cucumbers from her own garden at 5 a.m. daily—with a little help from a family member or two.
Rose also reaps in several loads of cucumbers from the gardens of her neighbor, Elaine Natwick, and her son Dale, as well as from friends John and Norma Gillitzer. Just as soon as they’re picked, Rose gets to work washing them and prepping them to be canned.
“Fresh pickles are the key,” she said. “When I have enough to make a batch, I make pickles.”
One unorthodox method Rose employs when washing the cucumbers is to use her washing machine to fully clean them. First, she hand washes any mud from the pickles, but then she uses the delicate cycle, without soap of course, to finish the process. She removes the pickles after they spin just once. Overall, this has made the physical part of the work easier for her.
“It was a tip I got from a Country Woman magazine a long time ago,” Rose noted, grinning, “and it works pretty well, especially to get the pimples off. People can’t believe it.”
In addition to the fresh pickles, Rose’s recipe calls for a full head of fresh, green-seeded dill. Another very essential ingredient is well water. When Rose first started making the dills, she used treated city water, and the recipe just wouldn’t turn out. But when she and her husband, Charles, bought the old Oak Grove Inn on Highway 27 and moved out of town, she realized quickly that it was well water that made all the difference. Today, even though she lives in the city of Prairie du Chien again, she has a well pump from which she accesses her pickle water.
If you’re interested in the rest of Rose’s recipe, you’ll have to contact her. She might interest you in buying her self-published cookbook too, which includes the dill pickle recipe on the back of the front cover.
In total, Rose usually cans over 100 quart/gallon jars a summer. Two years ago, she made 110 quarts.
Summer may be far away yet, but the thought of Rose’s homemade pickles may awaken your craving for a picnic lunch—complete with a juicy hamburger and a few dill pickles on the side. As you make plans to enjoy the telethon this Saturday, you might want to stop by the Eagles Club in Prairie du Chien, where Rose’s “prize-winning” pickles will be on auction.
*By Correne Martin, Courier Press

Wishing well

The 2020 Eagles Heart & Cancer Telethon is January 25, 2019, starting at 5 p.m. at Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
The theme of the forty-fourth Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is "We are among Friends". 

On this 45th year of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon, we look forward to visiting our long-time friends and developing new friendships. 
This year's wishing well will play a new role and will be center stage. Each visitor to the live program will be able to toss a wish into the well. Donations are also welcome whether it is a nickel or a $100 bill.
If you cannot attend the telethon, please watch us live on YouTube or Mediacom channel 6.
 All proceeds go directly to heart disease and cancer research.

After the wishes and donations are removed, the well will be part of the online auction.