In December 2010, officials with the Clay County American Legion Post 2, the oldest post in the state, confirmed the facility, located at 1015 S. Forest Ave., Brazil, had to shut down due to financial issues.
At the time, Post Commander Nick White told The Brazil Times the post was not surrendering its charter, but also had not finalized plans for its future.
The group, however, is rising from the ashes and has devised a plan.
On May 14, the legion will conduct the first of many upcoming fundraisers.
The event will take place at the V.F.W. Post 1127, 303 S. Depot St.
The event will feature a meal, bake sale, auction and entertainment. It is scheduled to begin at noon and conclude at midnight.
The meal will consist of a hog roast, along with baked beans and coleslaw. Cost is $7.
Both the meal and bake sale will last until all the food is gone.
In addition, Timberman Auction will be on hand calling the auction, starting at noon. The auction will continue until all items have been sold.
Four local bands have been scheduled to provide entertainment as well, including Ida Mae Sheriff (noon-2 p.m.), Flashpoint (2:30-4:30 p.m.), Barn Lizard (5-7 p.m.) and Big Dead Bird (8 p.m.-midnight).
Women's Auxiliary President Tammy Young told The Brazil Times the Auxiliary Second Vice President Selma Paver was a big reason the fundraiser has been scheduled.
"She was the person who got the ball rolling," Young said. "She's been absolutely wonderful. I'm so glad she stepped up."
Young said local businesses have also stepped up, providing donations for the auction. She said gift certificates for area restaurants will be available, as well as a Thomas Kincaid picture, a set of golf clubs, two antique porcelain dolls and more.
"The businesses in the area are still willing to support us," Young said. "I was really surprised with all the people that were willing to give us things in order to auction off. We've got a lot of nice stuff so far."
Young said businesses that provide a $50 donation would also be placed on a banner the Legion intends to carry during the Loyalty Day Parade, scheduled to take place Saturday, May 7.
There is no cost to attend the May 14 fundraiser, which is also open to the public.
"Everybody is welcome to come," Young said.
All proceeds from the benefit will help the Legion take care of the financial issues.
Young said other fundraisers are in the works, including the Legion Riders White Knuckle Ride, scheduled for 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, June 11.
She said a breakfast and dinner would be offered during the event, which will also take place at the V.F.W. Post.
"(The May 14 fundraiser) is the first of many," Young said. "Unfortunately, one (fundraiser) is not going to take care of it.
"(The financial situation) is not too far out there that we can manage to raise the money. It's not an astronomical amount, but it's not a trivial amount."
The Brazil Post has operated in the state since 1920. According to White, there are approximately 560 members, not including the Women's Auxiliary, the Sons of the Legion, Legion Riders and others.