JASPER — Reclaim Community, a nonprofit focused on preserving and renovating the Historic Jasper High School building, will host three fundraisers as part of Jasper's annual Quartzsiter Days festival July 19-21.
Reclaim Community President Elicia Kortus outlined each of the events and explained the goals of Reclaim Community.
From 5 to 10 p.m. July 19, Reclaim Community will host a Classic Car Cruise-In featuring 60 to 70 cars. It will also include a pork feed with meat provided by the Pipestone County Pork Producers. Kortus said the event is still looking for a band to perform at the Cruise-In.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20, the organization will host a vendor fair at Jasper City Park. Handmade goods and crafts will be for sale, and Reclaim Community will take home the booth rental fees.
At 3 p.m. July 20, interested parties may participate in the Quartzsiter 0.5K Beer and Donut Dash. The dash is "all fun, no run" and nods to the idea of a 5K for charity. Kortus said the 1,800-foot walk "celebrates being an underachiever" and invites participation from people who care about helping the cause but aren't interested in running three miles.
With the "race" registration fee, participants get a pre-dash beer or root beer, a donut at the carb station halfway through and another beer or root beer at the finish line. They also get a t-shirt, a bumper sticker and a participation medal.
The event also features a costume contest with prizes for individuals and groups.
To be guaranteed a T-shirt on July 20, participants must register online by July 5 at runsignup.com/Race/MN/Jasper/QuartzsiterPoint5k. Otherwise, shirts will be available for pickup two to three weeks after the event.
The dash also offers a VIP option for an additional donation. VIPs can take a shuttle around the course instead of walking 546 yards, and they receive a medal about two inches larger in diameter than those of other participants.
Also available is virtual participation for those who cannot make it to the event. Their T-shirt, sticker and medal will be mailed two weeks after the event.
Kortus said the three events will finance efforts to save Historic Jasper High. Reclaim Community was recently successful in getting the school added to the National Register of Historic Places, and now they are working to fulfill the school's most urgent needs. At the top of the list is an historic structure report, an assessment that justifies the grant money Reclaim Community is requesting. The report is done by an historical architect who is trained in Department of the Interior standards, along with a structural engineer.
While the report is being compiled, Kortus said the school's roof needs immediate patching to prevent further water damage. There is also some water between the roof layers that needs to be removed.
Although each project comes with financial needs, Kortus said "the hands-on work is almost more important." Reclaim Community is looking for volunteers to staff each of the three fundraisers. Looking forward, the organization would also like volunteer help mowing the facility lawn, hopefully on a regular schedule.
Reclaim Community has work days about twice a month on Saturdays. Kortus hopes volunteers will join an email list to be notified of work days so they can participate.