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|Fund-raiser Feb. 9 aims to amass plenty of support for Veteran's Memorial|
By Kate Howes
If there is one thing of which Marty Seibert is very proud, it's how supportive DeWitt-area residents are of local United States military personnel.
Whether it's the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Merchant Marines or Coast Guard, the Marine Corps veteran says he is happy to live in a community where those who serve or have served their country are so well-respected and appreciated.
Which is why Seibert is so anxious to make certain the DeWitt Area Veteran's Memorial - the ultimate way to recognize all area veterans, past and present - is completed as soon as possible.
Progress on the memorial, located just north of DeWitt near Elmwood Cemetery, has been slow, but sure. Yet, committee members say they are in need of approximately $250,000 to be able to see the project through to completion.
Committee member Mike Osmun says private donations have been received and now granite paving bricks, which identify the person, military branch and years of service he or she has served, are available for sale to help raise more funds for the memorial.
However, with such a substantial amount of money needed to complete the structure, Seibert decided he wanted to do something extravagant to ensure the committee gets the funding it needs.
He is hoping he can count on residents to give whatever they can to see the memorial through to its fruition.
"It's time for our communities to come together to honor and thank our military men and women by building this memorial," Seibert says. "This is probably one of the most worthy causes DeWitt and the surrounding communities ever have undertaken. By getting everyone involved, hopefully it will be a huge success."
Seibert has organized a fund-raiser Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in DeWitt.
The schedule of events for the day and night will include a meal served 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be no charge for the meal; only free-will donations will be accepted.
The meal will consist of hamburgers, pork chop sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, chips and a drink. Members of the DeWitt Nite Lions will cook all the meat.
Also 11 a.m.-5 p.m. there will be a bake sale and door prizes awarded. A silent auction, containing items such as jewelry, gift baskets, sports memorabilia and gift certificates, will take place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and a 50/50 raffle will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
A live auction will begin at noon, featuring items including pieces of art, some pistols/rifles, a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a water-softener unit including installation.
A 2013 Fiat also will be raffled off. Tickets are available now through Feb. 9. The winner will be announced at the fund-raiser.
Entertainment will be provided by the Ken Paulsen Orchestra, 6-9 p.m. The concert also is free, yet donations will again be accepted.
There also is an ongoing can and bottle collection happening at the American Legion in DeWitt. Residents can dispose of their cans and bottles in large, blue collection barrels located at the Legion and all proceeds will go to fund the memorial project.
Seibert still is looking for volunteers to help work at the event, to donate auction items and make monetary donations.
His ultimate goal, Seibert says, is for the fund-raiser to generate $100,000 for the project.
Anyone with questions or would like to donate their time, money or auction items may contact him by calling 563-343-5609.
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