Easter eggs and prizes make fundraising fun

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Easter Eggs
Easter eggs hang from the ceiling of the American Legion bar as a way of raising funds to help Lansing youth and children. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

American Legion Auxiliary raises money for Lansing youth and children

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (April 9, 2022) – The first three Friday nights in April — April 1, 8, and 15 — visitors to the American Legion bar find dozens of Easter eggs hanging from the ceiling. The Legion Auxiliary’s “Easter Egg Fundraiser” is now an annual tradition that has been running for at least six years.

Patrons at the bar can buy an egg for $1.00. Inside each egg is a number. Each number is already assigned to a prize. Donors can redeem their numbers immediately, and Auxiliary members will bring out the wrapped, numbered prizes.

Easter eggs
The prizes are wrapped and numbered, and donors can redeem their tickets immediately to see what they won. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Legion Auxiliary President Sandra Gangolf says they do most of their shopping for prizes at local dollar stores, but they also receive donated items from local businesses. “So you never know what you’re going to get,” she says.

Easter eggs
Eric Sivak is a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He bought 20 Easter eggs and had fun opening his prizes, sharing them with fellow patrons, and donating some back to the fundraiser. This fancy Wind Twister he decided to keep. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Lee Valent is not a regular at the American Legion bar, but she happened to try it on Friday, April 8. She got caught up in the fun of the fundraiser and purchased some eggs. Her favorite prize — a fuzzy American flag. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

“All monies from the eggs go to children of Lansing,” said Gangolf. The Auxiliary will donate a large portion to the Family Giving Fund run by the Lansing Area Chamber, and the rest will go to other local programs.

The April 1 Easter Egg Fundraiser brought in $226, and by the end of April 8 the Auxiliary had added $237 to that. Friday, April 15, the Legion will host the final installment of the fundraiser, and the Auxiliary hopes to reach a total of $800 by 10 p.m. that night.

Easter eggs
Bert Gangolf’s height makes him the perfect recruit to hang a new batch of Easter eggs from the ceiling after the first batch sold out. He hangs them in front of the TV first so people will buy them and take them down in order to watch the game. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Lansing’s American Legion Post 697 is located at 18255 Grant Street in Lansing. The bar is located in the lower level of the building and is open to members as well as non-members. The April 15 Easter Egg Fundraiser will run from 6 – 10 p.m.

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