42nd annual lasagna dinner hits new mark

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The Cotter junior high azz band performs at the Winona Elks Club during the annual lasagna dinner

Despite the pandemic, the lasagna dinner must go on.

The 42nd annual Cotter Band Lasagna Dinner was held January 30 at the Elks Club, from 4-7pm, and once again the event was a success.

The junior high and high school Jazz Bands played during the event, as people were eating, or picking up dinners to go.

“It gives the kids a different experience, performing in a “gig” setting, rather than a “concert” setting.” Cotter band director Mr.Meurer said.

This year’s dinner was a little different than in the years past. This year there was an expanded take-out option, which was used way more this year, than in years past to due the pandemic. “We had about 30% of our supporters dine-in, and that made it feel roomier and more open to spread out,” Meurer said.

There is always a lot of people that come to this event, but this year was even better than normal. “Normally we raise about $8,000 off of this dinner, but the hard work of this years coordinators pushed us to almost $10,000.”

“I love seeing all the band alumni, and old parents and supporters of the band program that come back year after year: Old teachers from Cotter, parents of band alumni, community members who just love the dinner- it’s a good feeling! “