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Wall of Honor Society hosts ‘tailgate’ benefit
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TRINITY – A live auction, free food and music will be featured when the Trinity County Veterans’ Wall of Honor Society hosts its 3rd Annual “Tailgate” Benefit on Saturday, Oct. 30. The event will run from noon to 6 p.m. at K.C.’s I Love This Bar and Grill, located about five miles east of Trinity off FM 356. The live auction will include a genuine Simonov SKS rifle (vintage 1946), hand made quilts and a number of other items. Food to be served includes barbecue brisket, fried catfish, hot dogs for kids and all the trimmings. While the food will be free, donations will be accepted. Music for the event will feature Lighting Bob and various local musicians. In addition, the fundraiser will include a raffle with a Brinkman gas grill as first prize. Second prize will be a Remington 870 Express 12 gauge pump shotgun with case while the third prize will be a “complete package” of Texas lottery scratch-off tickets. Fourth prize will be $100 while the fifth and six prizes will be $50 each. Tickets for the raffle are being sold for $1 each or six for $5. For information about the event or to purchase raffle tickets, contact Tom McCrory at 594-6753; Bill Reeves at 661-7107; or Randy Barclay at 594-8141. The Wall of Honor Society also will host a 100-plus mile motorcycle run making stops at East Texas VFW and American Legion posts. It will be a $15 per hand “Poker Run.” Those interested in taking part should contact Ray Daugherty at (713) 557-5297 for information. All proceeds from the annual “Tailgate” Benefit will be used to assist area veterans and their families. Last year the annual fundraiser brought in over $12,000 and organizers are hoping that year’s event will prove to be as, if not more, successful. The Wall of Honor Society is a registered non-profit organization and has been granted tax exemptions by both the IRS and the State of Texas. Over the past year, it has used its funds to host luncheons for area World War II and Korean War veterans. Other service projects benefiting individual veterans or their families included the installation of a water heater, the repair of a leaky roof, the repair and remodeling of a bathroom, the purchase transportation tickets so a veteran could get to a doctor’s appointment, the construction of a number of wheelchair ramps at residences and the repair of air conditioning and heating units. The society also has teamed up with the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars post on a wheelchair ramp project and also sponsored a hole at the VFW’s annual Golf War tournament. They also have provided monetary contributions to the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio to assist with the rehabilitation of returning wounded soldiers. They also provided contributions to the Hoffman Foundation, which sends “care packages” to overseas military personnel.