Masons and county fire association support “The Beat Goes On”

Published 9:12 am Friday, December 23, 2011

Dave Bonnerup, development director at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, on left, accepts a check from Steve Claybourne, secretary of Albert Lea Masons Western Star Lodge No. 26.

The Albert Lea Masons Western Star Lodge No. 26 and Freeborn County Fire Association both recently made donations to “The Beat Goes On.”

Members of the Freeborn County Fire Association pose for a photo.

“The Beat Goes On,” a fundraiser, is a partnership between Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Naeve Health Care Foundation and the community to raise money for crucial, cutting-edge cardiac care equipment for the ambulance services, cardiology and cardiac rehab departments at the medical center, including portable automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for area first responders.

The Masons raise funds through a monthly pancake breakfast the second Sunday of every month and donate to charities like “The Beat Goes On” as well as scholarships.

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The county fire association is focusing on the AED portion of the fundraiser, which has a goal of purchasing 38 AEDs, for first responders throughout Freeborn County, at a cost of $79,000.

For more information about “The Beat Goes On,” contact Dave Bonnerup, Development Director at Mayo Clinic Health System, at 507-377-6380.