Approximately 400 people made their way through the chili soup line at the Slater Nite Hawk Sunday afternoon, all in support of the VanErsvelde family, who lost two family members in a tragic fire earlier this month.


American Legion Post 260 of Slater worked with the Slater United Methodist Church and the Slater Nite Hawk to raise funds for the family. Brett VanErsvelde was a member of Post 260, and members of the post said it was the least they could do to help a family in need. The fall chili feed is an annual event for the American Legion, and they choose a different recipient of the proceeds each year. This year, it was a “no-brainer,” according to post members.


“We’re here to support — and when families call us, we do that,” said Tim Davis of Post 260. “We just come together.”


Brett was part of the Slater post for three years. The post has about 70 members that meet once per month, and Brett was remembered as someone who was always willing to give of his time.


“He was always there,” said Davis. “I remember one summer we did the Fourth of July event, and the VanErsveldes were there as volunteers. I remember them helping out with little kids’ soccer events. They’re good people.”


The American Legion served chili and desserts for a good-will donation. The desserts were provided by the Slater United Methodist Church, and the youth group helped sell raffle tickets in advance.


If you were unable to make it to the fundraiser, you can still assist the VanErsveldes by donating to an account that has been established at the South Story Bank and Trust in Slater.