At first, Bill Schey wasn’t sure whether he could pull it off.
Now, the project has raised about $100,000 in donations and received donations of services from everything from a real estate agent to electricians and roofers.
“It came in from all over the place, and people that don’t really have a lot of extra money sent something,” he said.
Schey and his wife, Connie Schey, both of Barrington, have donated to Folds of Honor before. The nonprofit gives scholarships to families of military members who have been killed or injured in war. This year they wanted to do something bigger, Bill Schey said.
Connie Schey said she was introduced to the organization in 2014, when she and her running partner, Angela Llerena, raised about $12,000 in donations for Folds of Honor by running in the 10-mile Memorial Day race at Soldier Field.
After the race, Connie Schey said a soldier told her, “It’s nice to know that somebody’s looking after my family,” and that inspired her to run again the next year, and continue donating to the organization.
The subsequent year, the running partners raised more than $70,000 for the organization.
“This helps families that have sacrificed so much,” said Bill Schey, who was a Marine himself.
Bill Schey said he chose building a house as a way to donate because it’s what he knows how to do. The Scheys already owned the lot in Johnsburg, and have professional plumbing and kitchen and bath companies in Barrington.
The house, at 3505 Aubrey Drive, will be about 2,450 square feet, with two stories and a walk-out basement, Bill Schey said. Connie Schey said they hope the house will be completed by next fall.