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Volunteers, donations still needed Cary-Grove AMVETS 29th annual picnic for veterans

FOX RIVER GROVE – Cary-Grove AMVETS Pearl Harbor Memorial Post 245 will host its 29th annual picnic for hospitalized veterans Wednesday.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lions Park, 747 S. River Road in Fox River Grove. Veterans will begin arriving about 11 a.m.

The picnic will include food, beverages, music and games. Boat rides and fishing also will be a part of the day's activities.

AMVETS Cmdr. Gary Foster said he expects about 400 veterans to attend this year’s event, which he said is about the same number of veterans that were there last year.

Veterans from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago are expected to attend this year's event.

The picnic will relocate to the Algonquin Township office, 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake, if there is any rain that day.

Cary-Grove AMVETS still is looking for volunteers and money donations. Volunteers can help serve food, participate in the day's activities and will be able to get to know the veterans.

Donations can be sent to AMVETS Post 245, P.O. Box 741, Cary, IL 60013. For information, call Foster at 847-639-3936.

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