Benefit to help build memorial

Benefit to help build memorial by M. Jill Sundstrom Barbecued pork, gift certificates, merchandise and entertainment will team up Feb. 13 for a special benefit meal and auction for the Clay County Veterans Memorial.

The event will take place at the Clay County 4-H Center, with a free will offering meal beginning at noon, followed by the benefit auction at 1 p.m.

The barbecue pork tenderloin sandwiches will be prepared by Paul Bliss and served with the help of VFW and American Legion members and other volunteers. The menu also includes baked beans, potato chips and milk.

Donations for the auction include a Direct TV satellite dish, a high powered rifle, tools, coupons for car washes and oil changes, gift certificates from area merchants and restaurants, an original framed oil painting, commemorative silver coins, an answering machine, weekend getaways at area motels and flag poles.

�We�ll have 75 to 100 items for the auction,� said Leo Powell, a member of the Clay County Veterans Memorial Committee. �We�re thankful for the generosity of those who donated. They welcomed us with open arms.�

The Clay County Veterans Memorial will be located on the southeast corner of the Clay County Courthouse grounds in Vermillion. It will feature the three monuments donated to the city in 1995 by the late Kenneth Mockler, the American flag, service flags for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, and the veterans monument from Prentis Park. Benches and planters will surround the patio area.

The memorial will cost an estimated $50,000 to build.

�To date, we�ve received $13,500,� Powell said. �We�re hoping the benefit will bring us closer to our goal.�

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