Starting this week, golfers from across the country are making their way to Redwood Falls to compete in the annual Palmer Kise Invitational; this year is going to have a much different feel without the presence of Gary Revier, who was a huge ambassador of the event for decades – welcoming each golfer on the first tee with a smile and a handshake.
It has been six months since the “face of Redwood Falls” – Gary Revier – passed away unexpectedly, and the community still feels the after effects of his not being here. Starting this week, golfers from across the country are slowly beginning to make their way to Redwood Falls to compete in the annual Palmer Kise Invitational. This year is going to have a much different feel without the presence of Revier, who was a huge ambassador of the event for decades – welcoming each golfer on the first tee with a smile and a handshake. Those who knew Revier also know following his retirement he was a huge part of the Red-wood Area food shelf, putting in countless hours and effort to make sure things ran smoothly for those in need. This Friday, thanks to Carmen Prodoehl and the Redwood Falls Golf Club, a benefit is being held from 4-8 p.m. at the golf club to help raise money for the local food shelf as well as to honor Revier for his commitment to the Palmer Kise Invitational.“We’re hoping people will come out and support a wonderful cause and remember a great member of our community who we all miss,” Prodoehl said, “It’s going to be a great chance to get together, swap stories and reminisce as a community.” Jackpot Junction Casino and Hotel donated $5,000 to the cause recently. The event is going to feature a dunk tank with the likes of Police Chief Mark Dressen, Mike Mohr, Mayor Corey Theis, Jason Cotner, longtime Palmer Kise Invitational supporter Jim Weinzetl and more. There is going to be grilled food on hand with burgers, brats, hot dogs, potato salad, beans, chips, pickles and more all available for a free will offering, with proceeds going to the food shelf. Prizes are being awarded for events like a putting contest, a hit the bullseye contest and a watermelon seed spitting contest. There is also going to be a silent auction. Longtime friend Jim Weinzetl, who has played in the local invitational for more than 40 years, maybe summed it up best. “In a book I read yesterday, the author suggested that ‘constancy is courage.’ If that’s true, Gary Revier was a courageous man, Wenzietl said. “He was there for the golf course, the community, the Lower Sioux Community, the food shelf, for the kids, the elderly, the disadvantaged and for the present and future. In good times and bad, through all the years and projects, he was there. He was the one constant. He was a visionary and a leader, and he’s going to be missed.” Donations are being taken at the event, they may be dropped off at the Redwood Falls Golf Club or can be mailed to 101 E. Oak St., Redwood Falls, MN, 56283.