Dressy dudes helping cause

WINNEBAGO – Dudes in dresses pumping gas.

Three male employees of Casey’s General Store in Winnebago will don dresses while they pump gas for tips from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds will be turned over to the Muscular Dystrophy Association as part of a month-long fundraiser, said Bert Howard, store manager.

“I told them they didn’t have to do heels,” she said. “One of them was talking prom dress. I’m proud of my guys for volunteering to do that.”

Howard’s boss is pitching in too.

“My boss, Andy Lica, said, ‘If you guys can raise $2,000, I’ll come over in a dress and pump gas for tips [on another day],” she said. “He said if we raise $2,500, he’ll do it in heels and makeup.”

The boys aren’t the only ones who’ll be having fun.

“The girls will wash cars for tips – free will donation,” Howard said.

And those waiting in line can test their aim with the dunk tank that will feature local “celebrities.”

The fundraising is already going well. Howard spent time on her knees Wednesday taping $1 donation cards around the register.

If the store can tally the $2,500, not only will Lica have to make good on his bet, but the Winnebago employees will meet their goal of sending three kids to Muscular Dystrophy Camp. Since it costs $800 to send one, they need to raise at least $2,400 to send three.

Howard has faith in her crew. Last year, they raised $1,034 and Howard had to make good on her own bet when she told her employees she could sell more of the $1 donation cards than all of them combined. The crew outsold her and she dyed her hair purple.

Raising money for MDA is personal for Howard.

“A friend of mine, her son had muscular dystrophy,” she said. “I saw how hard it was.

Casey’s will take donations through the end of August. For more information, call Howard at (507) 893-4909.