Published On: Wed, Jul 26th, 2017

$18,000 raised in Bessmer benefit barbecue

Sons of the American Legion members present a check to the Bessmer family following the barbecue benefit. From left: Dennis Haselhorst, Ron Stech, Nancy Bessmer, James Bessmer, Jared Bessmer, Mat Gubbels

OSMOND — “Overwhelmed.” That is the word James Bessmer used to describe how he felt following the Sons of the American Legion barbecue, held on Thursday, July 13. The barbecue was used as a benefit for the Bessmers, whose business, Tiger Town Food and Floral Center, was destroyed by fire on Sunday, July 9. The barbecue was attended by more than 550 residents of Osmond and the surrounding area. Leftover brats, hamburgers and other items were also auctioned after the meal. In total, some $18,000 was donated to the benefit fund.
In addition to donations from individuals, Associated Wholesale Grocers, which was the supplier for Tiger Town, donated the brats, hamburgers, chips, water and condiments for the barbecue. Local businesses also contributed to the benefit, including Osmond Mini Mart, Osmond Farm Supply, Tiger Tavern, Security Bank, Lind-Gubbels and Main Street Alley.
Ron Stech, commander of the Sons of the American Legion, said the group felt strongly about holding this benefit. They were going to have the barbecue anyway, he said, so they put the benefit together in a couple of days, knowing that community support was there.
“I’m really proud of the Sons kicking in and getting this organized,” Stech said. “These things can’t be successful without all the people coming together to make it work.”