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Fundraisers keep bringing in money for area veterans

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Brazil Eagles' Lodge President Dave Miller reacts to having a pie thrown in his face at a recent dinner benefit at the establishment.
Marine Cpl. Gregory Stultz, killed in action in Afghanistan, will long be remembered by friends, educators, relatives and Clay County citizens.

During the days prior and following the Clay County Loyalty Day Parade in early May, friends and family came together to sell bracelets in his memory.

Recently, family members turned over $695 of the money collected to the Clay County Veterans Mini-Van fund.

Marine Cpl. Gregory Stultz' grandfather Randy Lalen hands over $695 of raised funds through bracelet sales to Marion "Sarge" Eveland for the Clay County Veterans Mini-Van fund. [Order this photo]
Stultz' grandfather, Randy Lalen, told The Brazil Times Trista Anderson sold a majority of the bracelets through schools within the Clay Community School Corporation.

County resident Marion "Sarge" Eveland, who has spearheaded the mini-van fundraising efforts, said the money collected from the bracelet sales will be deposited at Riddell National Bank.

In addition to the bracelet collection, The Brazil Eagles Lodge recently conducted a benefit dinner with all proceeds going to the Veterans Mini-Van fund.

Eagles' President Dave Miller said they could take in close to $1,000 and with the help of volunteers, the dinner raised $922.32.

During the benefit, an auction took place where those interested could bid on four pies to be thrown in the faces of Miller, Rick Hoke and Rick Stedman. Monies from the pie auction tallied $106.

Helping with the dinner were Jamie Miller, Harold Navel, Megan Miller, Ricky Stedman, Alyssia Miller, Val Brady, Anita Parker, Rick Moore, Anita Conway and Tracy Deahl. In addition, Karaoke volunteers were Randy, Jena and Joe Lalen, while band volunteers were Steve Boyd, Megan Palm, Larry Morley, Ray Head, Doug Paullus and Clarence Morlan.

Pork chops from the dinner were provided by Jack's Fine Foods.

The fundraising dinner was the third of four planned events, the first taking place at the V.F.W. Post 1127 and the second taking place at the American Legion Post 2.

The final fundraiser -- a hog roast -- is scheduled to take place in June at the Brazil National Guard Armory. The meal will also include baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, dessert and coffee.

The purpose of the veterans van is to help transport veterans to hospitals in Indianapolis and Danville, Ill., or other hospitals as needed.

Those interested in making a donation may do so at the Riddell National Bank drive-thru, by making checks out to the "Clay County Veterans Group," or to the Clay County Courthouse, Box 104, VA Officer, Mike Holland, 609 E. National Ave., Brazil.

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Please tell us where we can get bracelets. My son and his friends all knew this hero and really want to honor his memory. Thanks

-- Posted by madmom01 on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 10:01 PM

You can purchase the bracelets at the American Legion for $1.00.

-- Posted by bandforever on Fri, May 28, 2010, at 1:13 PM

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