READY TO GO — Cale Younce gets loaded up, with fish, from outdoor cook Kenny Fletcher at the 14th annual PMC Fish Fry held at the Moose Lodge on Friday. Over 250 people came out to dine at the Wellness Center fundraiser. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
“We ran out of the pre-ordered fish at 5:30 p.m. because of an unfortunate order glitch, but the IGA allowed us to purchase two cases of battered fish to get us through the rest of the evening,” Bouma said.
The PMC Wellness Center budget does not support equipment purchases. All funding for new equipment or replacement of equipment for the Wellness Center comes from donations and fundraising, like the ‘Fish Fry.’
Michele Ghekiere won the $10 cash prize for most tickets sold prior to the event. She sold 22 Fish Fry tickets. PMC board treasurer and finance Committee Chairman Bernard Ries was the winner of the 50/50 pot worth $93. He donated that money back to the PMC Bridge Restoration Project.
The winner of the Swedish Fish candy count was Yvonne Klette who guessed 526. The total number of Swedish fish in the jar was 524. She wins a one month free membership to the Wellness Center.
Laurie Eisenzimer was the winner of the drawing for a one month free membership to the Wellness Center.
A number of people made monetary donations to the Fish Fry and they included Dr. Jay and Monica Taylor, PMC board members Karla Styren and Janice Hoppes, Cynthia Grubb from the Health Department and David and Jenifer (Kronebusch) Lin and many others.
The Northcentral Montana Healthcare Alliance of Great Falls also made a donation to the Fish Fry in the amount of $30. Gary & Leo’s IGA donated their tent to protect the outside cooks from the environment and the Moose Lodge donated their facility. The Group, which consisted of Bob Moritz, Harry Moritz, John Koutecky and Allen Wittmier provided the entertainment.
It also takes almost every department of the PMC to help put the Fish Fry on.
From the Engineering and Housekeeping departments, John Ringdahl, James Cox and Bob McDougal are in charge of hauling all the needed items to and from the PMC, setting up and tearing down, hauling garbage to the dumpsters and making sure there are proper electrical outlets and more.
From the Dietary Department, Van Lovett, Erin Westmoreland, Courtney Copenhaver and Jason Brodie were in charge of preparing the baked items.
The PMC Extended Care Activities department’s Cale Younce, Joann Cobb and Cindy Perkins decorated the Moose Lodge.
The Fish Fry crew was just amazing, Bouma said. The outside cooks included Bob McDougal, Fred Trafelet, James Cox, J. Ringdahl, Dan Aakre and Kenny Fletcher.
The inside cooks included Lovett and Dave Egan. Ticket-takers were Kathy Younce, Lori Fletcher, Ruth Erickson, Karla Styren and PMC board member Ted Kronebusch.
Servers included Terry Aakre, Kathy Hager, Janice Kastner, Laura Erickson, Randi Eppe, Deb Bishop, Mary Ann Ries, Sherry Stubbs, John Van Eyk, Becky Foster, Kathryn Ely, Jackie Sheble, Christie Thorton, Phyllis Hammermeister, Broke Van Eyk, Cale Younce and Penny Douglas.
The 50/50 ticket sellers included PMC/COO Tiffany Nitz and her daughter Haley.
The clean-up crew included Eddy Erickson, Ted and Christine Thornton, PMC Board Vice Chairman Jaynie Gollehon and Rich, Cobb, B. Ries, T. Kronebusch and Jenny Cisney and her father.
“Without everyone’s help and support, the Fish Fry would not have been the success it was,” commented Bouma.