Freidel fund-raiser is Sunday at Roadhouse

Freidel fund-raiser is Sunday at Roadhouse
The public is invited to a unique event Sunday, Sept. 17, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to benefit the Mike Freidel family.

An all-you-can-eat "cowboy fondue" – filet steaks deep fried on a pitchfork – will be hosted at the Roadhouse Beer Garden in Vermillion.

Cajun deep fried turkey, smoked pork ribs and all of the fixings will also be served, along with Bud light keg beer and soft drinks.


The cost is $20 for adults, and $10 for youth 14 years and under.

The event will be held rain or shine. In case of rain, the fund-raiser will be moved to the Silver Dollar banquet room.

"This is going to happen, one way or the other," said Jere Chapman, owner of the two restaurants.

Freidel, the assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator at USD, suffered extensive head, facial and other injuries following a June 19 accident. While working at his summer job on a Wyoming ranch, Freidel was fixing a tire which exploded in front of him.

Freidel suffered head trauma, injuries to his left eye and arm, and a collapsed lung, according to his brother, Doug Freidel. Mike has undergone surgery to determine the extent of his head injuries, Doug added.

Because of the serious nature of the injuries, Mike faces a long period of rehabilitation.

Progress is measured daily, and the long-term future remains uncertain, Doug said.

Chapman said it is fitting for The Roadhouse to host the cowboy fondue. Mike's daughter, Kelsey, a student at USD, works as a waitress there.

He added that the fund-raiser wouldn't be possible without the assistance and donations of several local and regional businesses.

They include: Conklin Distributing/Budweiser, Yankton; Jones' Food Market and Jones' Ace Hardware, both of Vermillion; Staber's Meat, Sioux City, IA; Hy-Vee, Vermillion; Reinhart Food Service, Marshall, MN; Morse's Farm Market, Vermillion; Braunger Foods, Sioux City, IA; and Pepsi-Cola of Siouxland, South Sioux City, NE.

For more information, contact Chapman at 624-6729 or Jon Robertson at 624-8879.

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