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May 26, 2019

5/1/2019 8:46:00 AM
Hometown Pride and Homemade Pizza

By Carley Rider
Late in the night of March 17, the town of Rewey was awakened by a cry for help, something many volunteers dread to hear- a pager tone.
Rewey Firefighters and First Responders were paged to a Rewey address for a house fire. Upon arriving on scene, the Rewey crews began working to extinguish the engulfed home of Shawn and Lisa Kraus. Assisting municipalities for the Rewey crews were Iowa County Sheriff's Department, Montfort EMS, and mutual aid from Livingston-Clifton Fire Department.
Thankfully, the fire had only claimed what time and money could replace- everyone had made it out safely. The Kraus family is well known in the area for being kind-hearted and easy-going people. Within the small town of Rewey and the surrounding area, the community began to organize a fundraiser for the Krauses.
On Thursday, April 11, Peniel Church, Rewey Fire Department, and Rewey United Methodist Church hosted a pizza night. The fundraiser offered many options: 12 or 16 inch pizzas, baked or take and bake, and a vast array of specialty pizzas and toppings to choose from. Customers were also given the choice of dine-in, carry-out, or delivery. Desserts and refreshments were also provided.
The organizers of the event were unaware of what a success the fundraiser would be, and soon began to run out of toppings and crusts.
"We started running out of just about everything right around six o'clock. We still had two hours left of the fundraiser and had to send people to get more supplies. We started with 200 hundred crusts and probably got 100-150 more," said one member of the Rewey Fire Department.
The Kraus family was overwhelmed with the outpouring support of the community.
"We feel so blessed to live in a community that has been so kind and supportive. So many friends and family came from miles away to support us. We cannot thank everyone enough for participating in the pizza night. We especially would like to thank the Rewey Fire Department, Peniel Church, Rewey the Methodist Church, and anyone else who helped contribute in the pizza night. We are so thankful for each and everyone of you and hold you all so dear in our hearts," the family later stated.
Nearly $4,300 in funds were raised, including around $600 from bake sale items. A Go Fund Me page was also established for the Kraus family, raising nearly $700.

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