The third annual Hagen’s Friends Helping Friends Benefit for children with cancer will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Taj Mahal Northwoods Banquet Center.
The benefit will be held in honor of its creator, Jim Hagen, who was killed in an automobile accident earlier this year.
“In 2011, my brother Jim created Hagen’s Friends Helping Friends as a vehicle to give back to the community and to help kids with cancer,” said Paul Hagen, who is heading up the effort to hold the event. “Even though he never had children of his own, Jim had the deepest passion to help kids with cancer and to support their families. He not only hosted his annual event, he coordinated and assisted with numerous other benefits for Rhinelander-area children with cancer.”
Music will be provided by Brian McLaughlin from 3 to 6 p.m. and Jagged Highway will be playing from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15. Kids under 12 will be admitted free.
The event will include raffles for items such as Badger tickets, a casino package, golf packages, gift certificates from local merchants and much more.
In addition, there will be a silent auction held for Green Bay Packer memorabilia and other items. Food will be served and there will also be a bake sale.
One family that benefited from Hagen’s Friends Helping Friends was the McLaughlin family of Rhinelander, whose daughter Maddie battled cancer.
“Jim provided so much more than financial support after my daughter Maddie was diagnosed with leukemia,” Jackie McLaughlin said. “He was a friend to my husband and me and was always available to help in whatever way we needed, be it spoiling Maddie, making her an honory Hagen in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade or just checking in with us. He did so much for so many families and while we are still so deeply saddened, we take some comfort knowing that Maddie has another angel watching over her in heaven.”
Organizers of this year’s event are providing all proceeds to Angel on My Shoulder, which provides assistance to patients with cancer and family members of those surrounding the patient. Angel on My Shoulder is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer-managed organization.
“The values of Angel on My Shoulder uniquely align with how Jim lived his life supporting the entire family impacted by cancer,” Paul said. “We are excited to help many more families this year through our partnership with this worthwhile organization and we believe Jim would have been thrilled with this affiliation.
For more information or to RSVP, call Paul Hagen at 715-490-6815 or visit their Facebook page at Hagen’s Friends Helping Friends.”