Dorzweiler's legacy endures
By RANDY GONZALES
It started in September 2003 as the Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest.
In spring 2011 was the inaugural Harold Dorzweiler Cancer Memorial Fundraiser, in honor of Harold Dorzweiler, who lost his battle with cancer in 2010. Dorzweiler had a band, the Country Dutchmen, which played every year at the Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest.
The third annual Harold Dorzweiler Cancer Memorial Fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. Proceeds will go toward assisting cancer patients and their families, said organizer Janie Dorzweiler, who was Harold's wife.
"It used to be a polka fest; I changed it over to help people with cancer, to raise money to help families with people who have cancer," she said.
Harold's father, Leo Dorzweiler, started the Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest 10 years ago, a celebration of German traditions, food and music.
This weekend's event will have more of the same. The Country Dutchmen will be one of the bands performing, with a barbecue Saturday and a wedding meal Sunday. There also will be a beer garden.
Janie Dorzweiler said so far the cancer fund has helped more than 40 families, and not just from Ellis County. Anybody can fill out a form for assistance.
"If they're struggling and need help -- travel for treatment, need money for fuel or food or motels -- that's what this money is raised for, to help them," she said.
For more information, go to germancapitalofkansas.com or call Janie Dorzweiler at (785) 625-5256. Donations can be made at Bank of Hays.