Breakfast in St. Joseph raises funds for Find Joshua search

Joint Events Council (JEC) chair Kristin Hlavka served patrons at the LaPlayette in St. Joseph as students at St. John’s and St. Ben’s colleges hosted a breakfast on Sunday to raise funds for the Find Joshua fund and the Wetterling Foundation.

Joshua Guimond of Maple Lake, a junior at St. John’s, disappeared without a trace from the campus on Nov. 9.

Hlavka said that last year the JEC organization, which coordinates programming at both St. John’s and St. Ben’s, sponsored a benefit breakfast to aid the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

“This year, we wanted to do something to benefit a local cause,” she said. “And after this happened to Josh, we wanted to help out.”

Student JEC volunteers not only organized the breakfast, but coordinated publicity for the event and distributed posters throughout the area.

Hlavka said considerable support was also provided by the St. Joseph community, with LaPlayette and the St. Joe Meat Market contributing food, the Jim and Carol Kuebelbeck Dairy providing milk and CashWise grocery providing juice.

The result of all that cooperation was a very successful event which served over 270 people and raised about $1,300. “We were definitely pleased,” Hlavka said.

In another development last week in the disappearance of three Minnesota college students during the same two-week period last fall, the body of Michael Noll was recovered on March 25 from Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where Noll attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The cause of death has been listed as probable drowning.  Last month, the body of missing University of Minnesota student Chris Jenkins was recovered from the Mississippi River.