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Summer fun will get a boost with benefit, vets’ day

June 19, 2011
Messenger News

Keep the day open Aug. 7. That's a Sunday, and a bunch of us are working together to offer you a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. See, I go into my PR mode when I want something of you and find myself using words like "offer" and "wonderful."

But, it will be wonderful. We're putting on a benefit to raise money for the last Honor Flight for World War II veterans.

It started when my friend Eddie Simpson, an Elvis tribute singer, said he'd like to do something to help, and he said this just after I got back from the May 7 Honor Flight. Of course, I agreed. Right now, all we know for sure is it will be Aug. 7 in the showroom at Shimkat Motors - bless Bruce Shimkat's heart - and will have Eddie performing.

Earl Walker, of Webster City, who performs a one-man act called "The Maurice Jules Experience," also will sing. He does what I call soul music - do-wop stuff from the streets of Chicago. There will be more when I can talk someone else into playing with us.

Then, as long as you're marking dates on the calendar, mark Aug. 20 and write Laurens in big, red letters.

On that Saturday, the people in Laurens are starting what could become an annual celebration. Nobody's saying that yet. My friend Ken Kunickis said, "What started as a welcome home and thank you for 19 local servicemen has grown into an all-day event that will honor all servicemen statewide and beyond. Local service mom Brenda Rubel - local organizer of the holiday's Operation Care Package - wanted to do more than have a thank-you speech. She wanted a day of free activities for servicemen and their families."

Oh, my, has the community responded.

The fun will start with a 9 a.m. parade at which three different Shriner units will perform. Of course, there will be the obligatory speeches at a welcome-home ceremony, and at noon a World War II aircraft flyover.

A Show and Shine car show is planned, along with a raft of children's activities and a bunch of stuff for adults, including a Johnny Cash impersonator and karaoke. They don't say if you can karaoke with Cash, but maybe.

"This is an expensive event to put together," Ken wrote. "Sponsors and donations are appreciated. Send checks to Iowa Trust and Savings Bank in Laurens, attention Veterans Appreciation Day or go to the website, click on the PayPal button and follow the instructions."

He lost me there, but the bank's address is 104 N. Third St., Laurens, IA 50554-1244.

If you're even remotely interested in having a wonderful time, that's the day to have it, and think how much more it would mean if you donated to the cause and knew you had something to do with that kind of wonderful.

Happy Father's Day.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or smickelson@messengernews.net

 
 

 

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