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Kline will highlight Langenfeld Foundation fundraiser for veterans

Minnesota 2nd District Congressman John Kline will lead others in saying 'thank you' to wounded American veterans when he highlights a special dinner fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, in Seton Hall of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St.

The dinner is a fundraiser for The Langenfeld Foundation, cosponsored by The Point Restaurant and Catering and Minnesota Safari International. The proceeds are designated to help with the planned August African safari for Marine Lance Corp. Kyle Anderson of Inver Grove Heights who was injured while serving in Iraq, and for future programs for disabled veterans.

"In gratitude to those for whom we really cannot do enough, we will do something small, but do it as nicely as we possibly can," said Paul Langenfeld, founder and president of The Langenfeld Foundation.

The Langenfeld Foundation, a 501(C3) nonprofit organization, with its headquarters in Hastings, was created to provide more opportunities for people with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. Enrichment activities have included fishing, hunting, nature and outdoor events, and bowling.

Kline was first elected to Congress in 2002, and was re-elected to his fourth term in 2008. Prior to his political career, he was a 25-year member of the Marine Corps. The city of Hastings is part of his district.

The meal will be chicken parmesan and roast beef, red potatoes, pasta salad, vegetables, and rolls.

The cost of the evening is $29 per person. The possibility of special seating information will be available on the foundation's website.

Corporate sponsorships will also be available - a corporation may buy a table for their clients or employees. The corporation's name will be prominently displayed on the table.

One of the other honored guests will be Dave Ostlund of Bloomington, a professional strongman competitor, who has qualified for ESPN World's Strongest Man Contests since 2005. Last year, he placed third in the competition. The evening will include recognition of honored guests, a video or slide show presentation of The Langenfeld Foundation, Kline's speech, a "Parade of Donors," and entertainment.

Drawings will be held for autographed sports memorabilia and vacation packages. Drawing tickets will be sold during the evening, with proceeds designated for The Langenfeld Foundation's trips for returning veterans.

Accompanying Anderson on the trip as caregivers will be his father and brother, Tim and Matt Anderson. Leading the group will be Langenfeld, as well as a cameraman from the Twin Cities' television show Minnesota Bound, with Ron Schara.

Tickets for the July 19 evening are available by visiting The Langenfeld Foundation website at, or by mailing a check to the foundation at 1911 Eddy St., Hastings, MN 55033.

For more information, call 651-491-8410.