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Motorcycle raffle, dinner will raise money for Collier House

Published: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 11:53 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – Tickets are on sale to win a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The raffle is one of two fundraisers scheduled this fall to benefit Collier House, a two-bedroom retreat that provides free, short-term housing to families in crisis, including the families of young adults in recovery or the Gold Star families of military personnel who died during the War on Terror.

The nonprofit that operates Collier House was founded in memory of U.S. Army Spc. Collier Barcus, who was killed in action July 8, 2004, while stationed in Iraq.

The proceeds from the motorcycle raffle will go to regrade the road leading to the cabin, which is 25 miles north of Cody, Wyo., said Sandy Barcus, Collier Barcus’ mother and the nonprofit’s president.

The motorcycle is on display at Eckel’s McHenry Flea Market, 3705 W. Elm St.

The $20 tickets are available at the store, on the nonprofit’s website, collierhouse.org, or by calling 815-385-4881 until Nov. 2. The number of tickets is capped at 1,000.

A benefit also is planned for Nov. 2, when the motorcycle winner will be picked.

A spaghetti dinner will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 3002 W. Route 120, Johnsburg.

The event also will feature raffles, silent auctions and live entertainment from Just Duet. St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy color guard will post the colors, and its Silver Rifles Drill Team will perform.

The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children 4 to 9 years old, and free for those 3 years old and younger. Tickets do not need to be bought in advance.

Proceeds from the event will go toward maintenance and upkeep of the house, Barcus said. The long-term goal is to raise enough money to pay off the mortgage.

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