Pictured is Jerry Nolin, Winona Lake Dairy Queen owner, who will sit on top of his business’s roof Wednesday afternoon and Thursday until he raises $10,000 for Kosciusko County Community Foundation’s Kosciusko County Riley Kid’s Fund and Riley Hospital For Children.  Photo by Jennifer Peryam, Times-Union
Pictured is Jerry Nolin, Winona Lake Dairy Queen owner, who will sit on top of his business’s roof Wednesday afternoon and Thursday until he raises $10,000 for Kosciusko County Community Foundation’s Kosciusko County Riley Kid’s Fund and Riley Hospital For Children.  Photo by Jennifer Peryam, Times-Union

WINONA LAKE – Winona Lake Dairy Queen owner Jerry Nolin plans to sit on his business’s roof Wednesday and Thursday and not get down until he raises $10,000.
He is raising funds for Kosciusko County Community Foundation’s Kosciusko County Riley Kid’s Fund and Riley Hospital For Children.
Nolin and his wife, Jane, co-owner, are in their 26th year in business at 2304 E. Winona Ave., Winona Lake.
For a $1 or $3 donation, customers who visit the location through Friday can sign their name on a paper balloon to be taped up to the walls. Attached to the paper are coupons for $1 off a medium or large blizzard and $1 off a chicken strip basket.
The business has been selling the balloons for the past two weeks – 500 on the walls as of Sunday afternoon. Proceeds from the balloon purchases go to Kosciusko County Community Foundation’s Kosciusko County Riley Kid’s Fund and Riley Hospital.
Business partners Alan Alderfer and Mike Bergen established the Kosciusko County Riley Kids Fund to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital and to help area families served by Riley. Alderfer’s daughter, Katherine, and Bergen’s son, Ben, both received medical care from Riley.
The foundation will use half of the proceeds raised by the balloon sales and funds Nolin collects to assist people in Kosciusko County who need financial assistance and go to Riley. The other half will be donated directly to Riley Hospital For Children.
Nolin said he sat on top of the business two years ago and raised $5,500 for Riley in 90 degree weather, but expects it to be in the 70s this week.
He said he will be on top of the roof Wednesday night with a bucket attached to a rope that can be lowered when customers come to donate funds for the community foundation and Riley. Customers also can donate funds for Riley and the community foundation at the register. Nolin plans to have a canopy covering him and an air mattress to sleep on and will be on top of the roof until Thursday or until he reaches the $10,000 goal.
“Two years ago Winona Lake Fire Department brought their ladder truck and used that to bring my dinner to me,” Nolin said. “We have so many kids in the community who use Riley’s services and this is a way to help.”
Nolin said his nephew Adam Clemens’ stepdaughter, Alli, is a Riley kid.
He recalled a story from two years ago when a woman in an old car pulled up to the business and looked through her backseat and trunk to give him change.
Nolin said every little bit helps, and it is fun to see kids put pennies and dimes in the collection bucket.