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Enough funds raised to buy Veterans van

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Sarge" Eveland
For four months, Knightsville resident Marion "Sarge" Eveland has spearheaded a project close to his heart.

This week, he saw the results come to fruition.

Eveland recently announced enough funds have been raised for a new mini-van for Clay County Veterans.

"Everything worked out," Eveland said.

Eveland started the project with a deposit at Riddell National Bank April 4.

He said he had tired of hearing the current van was always in need of repair.

The target goal was to raise $16,000 by Sept. 15.

"The (community) got on board and realized vets are important," Eveland said. "They can still contribute to the community. They're good people."

The van is used by the local Veterans Association Office to help transport veterans to and from hospitals in Indianapolis, Danville, Ill., or other hospitals as needed.

Several organizations within the community immediately got on board and provided fundraisers.

One took place at the V.F.W. Post 1127, while another occurred at the American Legion Post 2. Other fundraisers took place at the Brazil National Guard Amory and the Brazil Eagles Lodge.

Others also contributed to the cause. For example, the family of Cpl. Gregory Stultz, who was killed in action in Afghanistan earlier this year, gave money collected from selling bracelets in his memory.

Eveland said the Brazil Elks Lodge also contributed.

Others walked into Riddell National Bank to make personal donations. And members of the Brazil Community Choir also donated money.

Eveland also sent letters to area churches asking for contributions.

As of Wednesday, Eveland said there was more than $15,000 in the bank for the mini-van. He added he had more donations to take to the bank.

Additional money raised beyond the target $16,000 will be used for T-shirts and jackets for those driving the van, as well as decals for the van, Eveland said.

In addition, information regarding Stultz will also be on the side of the van.

"As it went along, the enthusiasm was there," Eveland said, regarding the community's response. "I'm real happy. I'm at a loss for words. The main thing is, we kept looking at the goal and that's what counts."

Eveland said he has contacted the Indiana Disabled Americans Veterans Agitant and has already ordered the van.

"He was rooting for us," Eveland said.

Another Fundraiser

The Moose Lodge No. 780, 239 S. Depot St., Brazil, will conduct a spaghetti dinner from 5-8 p.m., Friday, at the lodge.

Cost is $5 and the menu will consist of spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and desserts.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Clay County Veterans mini-van fund.

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Thank You "Sarge" for all of your hard work you done to accomplish this. I'm sure the Veterans and Drivers will appreciate the new ride.

-- Posted by (B_b) is an idiot !! on Thu, Aug 19, 2010, at 8:32 AM

Way to go Sarge!! You have done such an excellent job! Glad to see that you met your goal even before September! Will be at the spaghetti dinner!

-- Posted by millertime on Thu, Aug 19, 2010, at 11:13 AM

And Sarge... don't forget. Keep one eye open for Wizzer... he will sneak up behind you and take the credit..!!!

-- Posted by (B_b) is an idiot !! on Thu, Aug 19, 2010, at 4:44 PM

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