Benefit planned for Hoxeng family

Family and friends are planning a benefit for Julie (Kopping) Hoxeng of Volin, who has been fighting cancer for six years.

The committee met for the first time Nov. 17 in Volin with 20 members present. The date is set for Jan. 9 at the Wakonda Legion Hall. A supper/auction/dance is in the works. A free will offering supper will start at 5 p.m. and will be served throughout the auction that will start approximately at 6:30 p.m. with a dance to follow.

The committee is busy planning the event that will help Julie and her husband Terry with financial difficulties due to her six-year battle with cancer. Julie's illness has forced her to take a medical leave of absence from her job at First National Bank in Yankton.

The committee is going to meet once a week up until the time of the benefit.

With the holidays upon us, this benefit reminds us of how important family and friends are and the true meaning of giving and caring for others. Accounts will be opened at the following banks for the "Julie Hoxeng Benefit":  First Premier Bank in Wakonda, Cortrust Bank in Gayville, and First National Bank South Dakota at 332 Broadway in Yankton.  Modern Woodmen – Cathy "Lynch" Becker — is donating matching funds up to $1500.

If you would like more information, please call: Pam Ganschow at 605-267-2607 or Amber (Hoxeng) Sorensen at 661-9400.

Julie (Kopping) Hoxeng grew up on a farm south of Wakonda. She graduated from Wakonda High School in 1975. She married Terry Hoxeng of Volin in 1976. From this great union, they have two children and three grandchildren; Brian (Heather) in 1980 who have two children, Wyatt and Savanna, and Amber (Jon) Sorensen in 1983 who have one son, Alex. Her parents are Vivian Kopping and the late Frank Kopping. She has a brother, Rodney and a sister, Carolyn of Wakonda.

Julie was first diagnosed with breast cancer on Dec. 31, 2002. She went into remission for three years and since has been battling recurrences.

She has been with First National Bank South Dakota since 1995 and has recently taken a leave of absence to concentrate on her treatment.

Julie was a First Responder for Volin. She loves to spend her free time gardening, golfing with Terry, and sharing quality time with her children and grandchildren.

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