On Jan. 25, Rob Schanilec wants you to step out for Mr. Northfield, Dan Freeman

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Rob Schanilec (By All Means Graphics) stopped by my office at the Spur last week with a copy of the January Entertainment Guide. He showed me his full-page ad on page 23 for the Jan. 25 fundraiser at the Grand Event Center that he’s helping to organize. The text from the Guide’s calendar:

A tribute to and fundraiser for Danny Freeman, aka Mr. Northfield. Silent and live auction, raffle, toast-and-roast and, of course, a lot of fun and hijinx – we are talking about Danny, after all.

I blogged about Dan’s health problems back in October. Rob wrote in his email:

Dan’s had some health setbacks of late that drew several of us together to organize a fundraiser for him. Please mark the date of January 25 and spread the word. We’ll be gathering at the Grand to honor and support our friend whose done so much to support Northfield over the years. There is no admission charge, but a silent auction, a live auction, and “donations” of storytelling at the microphone will bring in money to make his life easier this coming year.

Please consider giving an auction item — anything from merchandise to creative dinner offers to tickets for games or entertainment venues, gift certificates, to whatever you can think of — as well as bidding on and buying an auction item that evening. Susy Immel is the contact for auction items; she can take them right now or right up to the last minute: susyimmel@charter.net.


  1. Susan Hvistendahl said:

    I have only lived in Northfield since 2004 (well, also during my college years)but have written 73 columns and a book about Northfield history and, believe me, the Freeman family has contributed a lot to this town, starting with Sid and Lydia who inspired a sense of “giving back” in their son Dan. We honored Maggie Lee with Wear Purple Day this summer. Time now to recognize Dan for all he has done. The Hvistendahl family will be contributing pottery from my brother Brad in Idaho. I hope others will come up with creative ways to show our appreciation to Dan.

    January 6, 2013
  2. Shelley Brady said:

    Can you print a address where donations can be sent? I am unable to attend the event, but would like to give a cash donation. Thank you,

    January 7, 2013
  3. Rob Schanilec said:

    Make checks payable to Daniel Freeman and send them to Community Resource Bank, 1605 Heritage Dr, Northfield. Attn: Debbie

    January 9, 2013
  4. Shelley Brady said:

    Thank you Rob for the information.

    January 9, 2013

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