By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A special event in Lincoln on Sunday also brought special thoughts and two loaves of bread to two Imperial women.
Marcia Fowler and Penny Teply, both of Imperial, have Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. And, so does a well-known baker in Lincoln.
Last Sunday, Kevin Horne, owner of Great Harvest Bread Company in Lincoln and who has MS, sponsored his bakery’s second annual fundraising event, “Raisin’ Dough.”
He challenged people in the Lincoln area to help raise $7,000 for the Nebraska chapter of the National MS Society by purchasing a loaf of bread from his bakery.
He hoped to raise that amount because there are 7,000 Nebraska residents who have MS.
He far surpassed his goal, however, raising $7,500 and sold out of his 1,000 loaves of bread in four hours.
He and his wife donated the bakery and all of the ingredients for the fundraiser, so 100% of the proceeds could go to the MS Society.
Horne said, “When I was diagnosed with MS five years ago, the society was there to provide me and my family with vital information, and continues to help me and so many others.”
Among those lined up to purchase some of those loaves were former resident Vicky Smith, who now lives in Hickman with husband Stan, and Ina Wilson, who was in Lincoln last weekend with husband Jack for a wedding.
Vicky purchased two loaves for her friends back home, Marcia Fowler and Penny Teply, sending them back with the Wilsons.
Ina Wilson delivered them on Tuesday this week.
Both ladies were humbled by the effort, and appreciated being remembered, they said.
They also couldn’t wait to taste a piece of the cinnamon chip bread they received.