The line stretched out the front door in the sunny, windy afternoon sun at the Elks Club in Owatonna Sunday as people entered for the fundraising benefit for Corey Casperson. All aspects of the community were represented in supporting their longtime friend. Estimates indicate than about 600 attended the event. Organizers had to print extra tickets to accommodate the crowd.

Casperson is learning how to use a prosthetic leg after a bone infection led to the loss of his right leg. The original injury dates back to 2003 when he was hit be a car while riding his scooter. Casperson has been employed by Cash Wise Foods of Owatonna for years, but is not able to work now and faces non-insured medical expenses.

Money was raised through a meal ticket, silent and live auction and a matching gift from the home office of Modern Woodman Fraternal Financial of America of up to $2,500. Donations may be made to Corey Casperson Special Needs Trust Fund, 2869 Meadowview Lane, Owatonna 55060.

Casperson enjoys being an usher for the junior hockey games in Owatonna and says he looks forward to resuming those duties next winter.

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