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Annual Hiltunen benefit planned

July 26, 2010
Daily Press

NORWAY - The second annual Niles Hiltunen Memorial Family Support Fund Benefit will be Aug. 14 at Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Norway. The benefit fund was begun by the Hiltunen family in honor of Niles, who died in May 2009. Niles, who had been born with autism and a seizure disorder, was an organ, bone and eye donor. Proceeds from the benefit fund help provide "Random Acts Of Kindness" to families still living with special needs. To date, the fund has given more than $4,000 to families and individuals with special needs.

Terri, the recipient of Niles' Heart, will be a special guest volunteer. Terri will travel from Pittsburgh, Pa., to attend the benefit and Americinn of Norway has provided her lodging.

"SICK AIR" with Scott Murray will perform his stunt cycle show, Kruzin Klassics members will be on hand with their unique autos, and Lightening McQueen and Tow-Mater Truck will be on site.

Beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, several musical acts will perform, including the following:

Crystal Hogan, South Bound, Tunesmith, The Sturgeon River String Quartet, The Profits of Tunes, Bill Morrison and the Kings Mountain Minstrels, Jim Barrabeau, The 2 of Us, Overtones, The Family Tree, De Ja Brew, The Martinz and Kim Colavecchi. Off-stage jam sessions will also be held.

Horse events will be hosted by John and Shelly Gunville and will include Fun Speed Show, Horse Trainer's Challenge. Horses from Food4Our Horses were sent out to 15-16 trainers, who will compete for $2,500 based on demonstration of each horse's progress.

The horses will also be available for sale to approved homes during the event. Trainers are competing for $2,500 in prize money.

The Gunville family will provide a petting zoo. Also featured will be Dr. Mike's pet pig, Lisa Sommers' Dog Show and many animal surprises.

A mechanical bull, bounce house and dunk tank will also be on site.

Several area businesses have donated prizes and gifts. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Admission is a minimum $5 donation per person.

Individuals, organizations and clubs willing to contribute ideas or lend support are asked to call (715) 696-6644 or send e-mail to:



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