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Fundraisers planned to help McHenry couple start orphanage in Kenya

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 4:05 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:30 a.m. CST

McHENRY – Two fundraisers are planned to help raise money for the next two years of a McHenry couple's life.

Bob and Deb Ruzga have committed to two years working for Oasis for Orphans, a Chicago suburbs-based nonprofit that helps support two other orphanages in addition to the family-style children’s home where the Ruzgas will be based.

They’re responsible for raising all the funds they’ll need to support themselves for the next two years, including renting and furnishing an apartment, covering airfare to and from Kenya and paying for their living expenses.

A steak fry dinner and silent auction is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in McHenry.

A vehicle remote start, vacation weeks and restaurant gift cards are among the items to be auctioned. Donations for the auction are still being accepted.

Tickets are $25 a person and can be purchased by calling Deb Ruzga at 815-540-3357.

A 75-mile Ride for Africa event on May 31 will also raise money for the Ruzgas' trip.

Bob and Deb Ruzga are keeping a blog on their preparations and two-year stay in Kenya.

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