Benefit Sept. 5 in Genoa for soldier wounded in Afghanistan

From press release

GENOA, Ill.—A fund-raiser for an American soldier injured while serving in Afghanistan will be from noon to 10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5, at Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St., Genoa, Ill.

Sgt. Allen Thomas, of North Carolina, was injured while serving in Afghanistan during his fourth combat tour. Thomas suffered shrapnel wounds to his upper torso and was in a coma for some time. His injuries necessitate extensive rehabilitation, and the burdens of mounting expenses are taxing this father-to-be and his family.

Sgt. Thomas was a comrade of Genoa resident and 82nd Airborne Staff Sergeant Robert Musil. Musil’s father, Matthew Musil, is using his contacts as a Sons of the American Legion member to rally local citizens and veterans supporters to raise funds for Thomas.

The Musils want to ease the financial blow Sgt. Thomas’ extensive injuries have left him facing. Thomas will be in Genoa to speak with attendees and accept his gift of gratitude by the men, women and children who come out to thank him for his sacrifice and commitment to this country.

Admission is $7, and children 12 and younger are admitted free. Food tickets are $5.

The fund-raiser will include food and drinks, silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, music and entertainment. A cash bar will be open to those who are 21 and older.

All proceeds will go to benefit Thomas and his family. The Genoa Police, Fire and Rescue departments, along with the Roselle and Yorkville Patriot Guard and Legion Riders will give an escort to Thomas through downtown Genoa, ending at the Genoa Veterans Home at 12:30 p.m.

From the Sept. 1-7, 2010 issue

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