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Kaladi’s last stand: winner in Burger Battle

Kaladi’s may no longer be a part of Hudson’s restaurant scene but they came out on top in December’s Third Annual Hudson Area Burger Battle with all proceeds benefiting Bridge for Youth and Adults with Disabilities. Pictured are, front from left, Morgan Hyde, Callie Gilbertson and Joey Bruhn, back, Jamie Rushton, Bridge program director Jesse Beckstrom, Kaladi’s owner Jay Jones and Bridge executive director Peg Gagnon. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Pictured are, front from left, Bridge program director Jesse Beckstrom, Callie Gilbertson, Joey Bruhn, Bridge office manager Ginny Ballantine; back Jamie Rushton, Minuteman Press Pete Keskey, event organizer Mary and Craig Hofland, Bridge executive director Peg Gagnon, and event organizer Jeremy Lilyquist of Solarsportmans.com. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Meg Heaton)2 / 2

Kaladi’s may no longer be a part of Hudson’s restaurant scene but they went out on a high note winning the Third Annual Hudson Area Burger Battle with all proceeds benefiting Bridge for Youth and Adults with Disabilities.

Along with Kaladi’s the contest participants included Dick’s Bar and Grill, Village Inn, Postmark Grille, Willow River Inn and Saloon and Season’s Tavern.

The event raised $4,825 for Bridge. The event is coordinated by several area business owners who also donate their services to promote the event. They are Pete Keskey of Minuteman Press, Craig and Mary Hofland of is.it.2B Marketing and Jeremy Lilyquist of Solar Sportsman.

In addition the restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds to the effort.

Bridge Executive Director Peg Gagnon said the event an important fundraiser for the organization but also serves to raise the group’s profile in the community.

“We really appreciate the work that goes into the event and the restaurants that participate. It is a fun way to generate business for our local restaurants and to get our name out there,” Gagnon said.

For more information about Bridge go to www.Bridgeywd.org.

Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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