Baumgartner event set for tonight, pep rally Friday morning

IRON RIVER – U.S. Winter Olympic Snowboardcross Team member Nick Baumgartner of Iron River will be on hand tonight for a fund-raiser and Friday for a pep rally.

A fund-raiser for Baumgartner will be held tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Alice’s in Iron River. A chicken-and-spaghetti dinner will be served, with a $10 donation.

A Winter Olympian for a second time, Baumgartner will be honored at West Iron County’s Charles Greenlund Gymnasium Friday morning. The event, open to the public, starts at 10:30 a.m.

Baumgartner has been training at Aspen, Colo., site of the recent Winter X Games, in preparation for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Baumgartner plans to spend a “few days (in Iron River) to celebrate with all the amazing people that show me so much support,” he said on Facebook.