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Patriots in Park event looks for volunteers, vendors

McHENRY – Veterans’ groups, vendors, local businesses and volunteers are needed to participate in the second annual Patriots in the Park Family Fun Day this August.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Veterans Memorial Park, in McHenry. It will feature live music by Frank Bang and the Secret Stash from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., with low- to no-cost kids’ games, food, drinks, raffles and a fundraising “brig.”

Vendors’ booths are available for $50 for a 10-square-foot space and $75 for a double space. Electrically equipped spaces are limited and will cost an additional $10.

The event drew about 600 people in its first year and raises money for veterans and their families, said Marianne Ruiz, founder of Joe’s Wish, the McHenry-based nonprofit organization that coordinates Patriots in the Park. The goal is to raise awareness of the services available to veterans.

At least one Medal of Honor winner is expected to be on hand, and many new organizations will be represented this year.

Anyone interested in vending, representing a veterans’ organization, helping to defray event costs, or simply helping out on event day is asked to contact Ruiz at joeswishnfp@gmail.com or (815) 575-1011. Volunteer opportunities run the gamut from 6:30 a.m. set-up to 4 p.m. tear-down, light duty to heavy duty, and a few hours to full day.

Anyone interested in the cash raffle — featuring a top prize of $2,500 — can buy tickets at the Joe’s Wish booth during McHenry’s Monday night Cruise Nights west of Green Street downtown. Joe’s Wish also will have a booth during Fiesta Days sidewalk sales July 19. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $20.

The drawing will take place at Patriots in the Park. The ticket holder does not be present to win.

For more information, go to joeswish.com, search "Joe’s Wish" on Facebook or call (815) 575-1011.

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