Night of compassion and entertainment

This year’s Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon hosts were a cheery, humorous bunch who kept the banter going from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. The stars of the show included (from left) Tom Stram, Laurie Wild (new this year), Tom Nelson and Natalie Stram. For many more photos that help tell the story of the night, visit or find the telethon on Facebook. (Photos by Randy Paske)

Ken and Mary Stoeffler, of Prairie du Chien, were recognized for their volunteer and community service with the presentation of the telethon’s prestigious Danny Ruehlow Award, given by the Ruehlow family Saturday night. Pictured (from left) are Anna, Jack, Claire, Mary and Ken. Sam Stoeffler was not present for the photo.

A longtime favorite of the Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon, the uniquely dressed Ding-a-lings brightened the show Saturday night with their musical talents and a little help on the dance floor from the Eagles Club eagle and Lady Luck pink elephant mascots.

Prairie du Chien’s Gretchen Faulkner (above) proudly displays her caricature done by artist John Mundt at the 39th Annual Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon Saturday night. Both have been regulars at the telethon for years—Gretchen singing and dancing, and John drawing keepsakes for guests. The telethon was broadcast live on local Channel 6 from Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien. It showcased eight hours of local talent with many donations given in memory of loved ones to benefit heart and cancer regional research. For more photos, see page 3.

Mary Antoine (left) and Nancy Wilson (center) of the Prairie du Chien Women’s Civic Club interact with callers pledging donations as well as hosts Laurie Wild and Tom Stram.
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