ELK HORN — It’s a socially distanced, carry-out dinner with an on-line auction, all designed to raise funds to protect an over 170 year old windmill.
Like just about every other annual event, the Danish Windmill’s 11th annual Chair-ity Auction and Gala will look a little different in 2020, due to COVID-19.
The dinner gala has a twist, the auction will be held on-line. The dinner also has a twist: it will be an authentic Danish frikadeller meal, served to go during Julefest.
The meal can be picked up from the Elk Horn Fire Station from 4-7 p.m.
It will include pickled herring and havarti cheese with rye bread; Danish frikadeller, boiled potatoes with parsley gravy, red cabbage and aeblekage.
Tickets should be reserved, there are only 125 meals available. The tickets are $30 and $15 dollars of the ticket price is tax deductible by law. You must prepay the ticket by Nov. 23.
Can’t get out? You can still participate in the Chair-ity Auction that will be virtual. The items for sale will be posted on-line, and bidding is from 11 a.m. on Nov. 1 through 11 a.m. on Nov. 27, at https://www.32auctions.com/mill2020
A variety of items are included on the online auction, from food to gift certificates, jewelry and gifts, and of course some chairs.
After that, you may want to make plans to go to the Elk Horn Fire Station. Auction items and their bid sheets will move to the Silent Auction at the fire station, where you can browse and bid from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.
Last year the Chair-ity Gala raised over $12,000, and organizers hope to do even better this year. The Gala is a fundraiser for the Danish Windmill, which is a 501©(3) non-profit corporation.
The profits from this event will go towards the current capital project: replacing the Danish Windmill’s 30 year old fire suppression system, and adding a new security system. The windmill is a historic 1848 Norre Snede Danish windmill, brought here 45 years ago. It took 300 volunteers to rebuild the windmill, and it was restored to working condition in 1976. It takes a 20 mph wind to operate, and when the wind changes, the 10 ton cap frame turns itself into the wind with the help of the fan tail. Daily sales at the museum shop go towards day to day costs of keeping the windmill in good repair. See www.danishwindmill.com for more information on the windmill, or call 800-451-7960.
The Chair-ity Gala will be on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 1-7 p.m. (with the dinner pick up between 4-7 p.m.) at the Elk Horn Fire Department, hosted by the Danish Windmill.