By Joe Bachman
Fighting from ‘start to finish’ — the war cry for Casey Benz’s battle against cancer.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, a benefit will be held at the Ridges Golf Course for 39-year-old Benz who was diagnosed with stage four colon and liver cancer. Benz owns Start to Finish Contracting in Wisconsin Rapids, from which the benefit took its name. Sister Jennifer Benz has played a major role in putting the benefit together, and has been flooded with positive community support.
“We started planning in October, and he’s been overwhelmed with so much support from the community,” said Jennifer Benz. “There’s been so many businesses and friends — everyone has come out of the woodwork, and I’m really hoping we have a huge show of support.”
The benefit is sure to be a star-studded event for a great cause. Not only will the day kick off with a performance by Bootleg Hollar at 1:00 p.m., but door prizes, raffles, and baskets will be handed out all day and night. Prizes include a grill package, 55′ HDTV, coolers, booze, and much more.
There will be a special kitchen package from Amana offered, which includes a stainless steel refrigerator, microwave and a dishwasher. Pre-purchases can be made for this specific package.
Starting at 4:30 p.m. food will be served, from pulled beef sandwiches, walking tacos, cheese trays, and brownies from Party Time Cakes. At 7:00 p.m. 2016 Wisconsin State Champion and country band ‘Branded’ will take the stage. There will be hand stamps for those who want to come and go.
Tickets are $30 for pre-purchase, and $40 at the door. For attendees who only want to see music, Bootleg Hollar tickets are $8, and Branded is $10.
Casey is an avid hockey fan, who is a coach for a local youth hockey team. He is frequently involved with the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings.
“He’s not only my brother, but he’s my best friend,” said Jennifer Benz. “Casey is a great guy, and he loves to give his time. We’re in this from start to finish.”
For more information, you can email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ridges is located at 2311 Griffith Ave.