Benefit for Markley family Oct. 28

Sunday, Oct. 28, the Granges of Boone County, Ill. (Beaver Valley, Big Thunder, Boone County Pomona, Capron, County Line, Flora, Leroy and Prairie) will sponsor a benefit chili dinner for the Markley family. It will take place from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Poplar Grove Fire Station, 305 W. Grove St. (near the intersection of Route 173 and Poplar Grove Road) in Poplar Grove.

Sept. 21-22, the 136th Annual Illinois Grange Convention was held in Rockford. A resolution was brought before the committees and was passed in support of the first-ever all-state volunteer community service project. The Markley family was chosen as the benefactors of the project.

Throughout the entire state of Illinois, all local Granges will hold various benefits and fund-raisers to raise money to help pay for the medical and other financial needs of the family. Because of the extent of the family’s needs, the Grange has devoted the entire month of October to help the family. In addition to sponsoring events, the Granges will also collect signatures for a petition drive to continue to entice the popular television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to come to Rockford and build a new home for this deserving family. Right now, the interior doors aren’t wide enough throughout their home for Ken and Phil to be moved from room to room, basement windows leak, and the roof leaks in several places, which have resulted in a very serious moisture problem. The family needs tracking in the ceilings to help lift Ken and Phil, and there are many more needs.

All funds raised will go toward the family’s financial needs, especially medical expenses, which also includes part-time nursing care for both Ken and Phil Markley, who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Part-time nursing care costs more than $300,000 per year.

Donations, as well as volunteers, related to construction of a new home are extremely needed and appreciated. To donate construction products and labor, contact Barb Kinroth at or Sandy Bonacorsi at (815) 397-3854.

In addition to the chili dinner (carry-outs and advance orders are welcome), there will be a silent and live auction; karaoke contest; 50/50 raffle; cafe walk(s); bake sale; and activities for the kids.

from the Oct. 24-30, 2007, issue

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