Fanger family hosts 1st annual Bikers Ride for Suicide Prevention

ROXY STIENBLOCK/PLAINSMAN Lori Wallenstein, center, of Huron accepts a beef bundle she won in the first annual Bikers Ride for Suicide Prevention. With her are, left, Ken Fanger of Fanger Beef, and Isabella Fanger, right, CEO of sales, of Fanger Beef.

HURON — The Fanger Family of Blunt has been hosting fundraising events since 2010 for Suicide Prevention. For the last nine years the Fanger family has been hosting bean-bag tournaments, but due to this year’s covid pandemic, they decided to try a poker run.

Ken Fanger of Fanger Beef, said about 20 bikers from Huron, and 36 from neighboring towns attended the Suicide Prevention Poker Run on Sept. 5, which began at Thunderbird Liquor. They were served hamburgers, choice of drink and received a T-shirt for a donation of $25.

Fanger said the Fanger Team rode from Huron to Blunt and back, stopping at Medicine Creek Saloon in Blunt, Shooters Saloon in Wolsey, Ten Mile Tavern in Ree Heights, and Thunderbird in Huron.

 “I want to say a special thank-you to Missy at Thunderbird for helping with the event,” said Fanger.

The Poker run raised over $3,000, with all proceeds going to Suicide Prevention South Dakota.

The Fanger family hosted a raffle with $10 tickets to win a beef bundle consisting of ribeye, t-bone, sirloin, steaks, roasts and hamburger.

The winner was local resident, Lori Wallenstein, from Huron. “I purchased one ticket, and ended up winning,” said Wallenstein. “I was surprised, I never win anything!”

Valerie Fanger-Marso who has been putting on the bean bag tournaments for the last nine years, spoke about why she hosts these events. Fanger-Marso lost her brother, Johnathon, to suicide on April 1, 2010. In the last 10 years they have raised over $28,000 to help with suicide awareness and prevention.

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