This evening will be a chance for area residence to help an area family pay for medical costs for their son and former area youth hockey player. A benefit for Zane Waldvogel will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Antigo starting at 5 p.m.
Back on January 19 Waldvogel suffered critical injuries due to an accident west of Antigo near the intersection where the Highway 64 bypass begins and the old highway continues eastward. Waldvogel has been treated at a hospital in the Milwaukee area and has been recovering there until earlier this week when he got well enough to be transferred to a different facility in Dodge County.
The benefit has been in the work for the past weeks with people who are part of the unofficial "Antigo Hockey Family" putting it together. One of those people is Lisa Sennholz, who spoke of the benefit during Thursday's WATK-AM 900 Arby's Breakfast Club.
Sennholz has been in charge of getting items for silent auctions at the event, and she ran down some of the items that people can win. "We've got an ice auger, which is a Jiffy Stealth STX eight-inch hole. We have a gun, which is a Henry-lover action 22-range. We've have a two-night stay at Eagle Waters Resorts in Eagle River. We've got a gas grill. We've got a 42-inch TV, Milwaukee Brewer and Packer tickets. We've got a power washer, two passes to Fuddfest, Packer and Budweiser neon lights, and a Mole Lake hotel and casino one-night stay that include Crandon race passes for Memorial Day weekend, and their even throwing in a $25 gas card." Also up for a silent auction item is a timeshare in the Orlando area.
In addition to these items, Sennholz said that there will also be a raffle held with three prizes available. "The first prize is a hand-crafted king size cedar log bed, and that's got a $2,300 value. Our second prize is a Matthews-Halley M Bow, which is a $900 value. And the third prize is 500-dollars in cash." Tickets for the raffle are $10 each or $25 for three, and they can be purchased in advance at CoVantage Credit Union in Antigo or at the event.
Sennholz also added that the response from people in the area has been overwhelming to help support the Waldvogel family. "The community has just been fantastic with donations. Everywhere we've went people have been more than willing to donate."
This evening's event is not the only time area residents can assist the Waldvogels. Sennholz said that Jay's Archery in Antigo, owned by Zane's uncle, is planning a special bow shoot on Saturday with prizes for participants and all proceeds going to help the family.