Faas Cancer Benefit fills Carpenter Community Center

This community that we are surrounded by is great for many reasons. This past weekend in Carpenter at the Community Center is just another example of how people come together in times of need for somebody that could use a little help.

In this case, George Faas was in need of a little extra help from a community that came together in full force to help him. George Faas of Mona, Iowa was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver, adrenal gland and brain cancer on November 3, 2017.

George lives with his wife Bonnie, with the couple having raised three children. George has been a truck driver for 41 years, but due to the diagnosis, George is unable to continue working. He has went through radiation treatments and chemotherapy as well.

On Saturday, February 10, many people gathered to help raise funds in George’s fight against cancer. There was plenty to do throughout the day.

There was a bean bag tournament that started at noon. The winners of the tournament all donated their money back to George.

There was a cake walk that many enjoyed with over 100 cakes for the cake walk. There was a hot dog meal during the day and a meal at the end of the night that drew the biggest crowd of the day.

George Faas with his siblings Greg Faas (left), Betty Rosenberg and Gary Faas. (Submitted Photo)

A silent auction with 131 items plus a countless number of gift certificates went from 3-7 pm, followed by the live auction.

There were tons of goodies that people bid on, with multiple people winning and donating their item back to be auctioned off again. Joe Rosenberg donated a 50 person meal that he would cook for in the future that went for over $3,000! There were quilts, a gun raffle, and a lot of other goodies that were donated from various businesses, groups, and individuals. The live auction went well into the evening, wrapping up a little after 11:00 pm.

The turnout for George’s benefit was amazing. There was a large number of people that packed the Carpenter Community Center, making it difficult to walk through the gym, a good problem to have in this case. Hopefully the money raised will help out in a big way for the Faas family.

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