Two-part June 30 fund-raiser to benefit Oregon, Ill., resident

Josh and April Roos of Oregon, Ill., with their son. (Photo courtesy of Tricia Ditto Photography)

Staff Report

OREGON, Ill. — The KB (Kick Butt) Benefit Saturday, June 30, at White Pines Ranch, 3581 W. Pines Road, Oregon, Ill., is a two-part fund-raising event in support of long-time Oregon resident April Roos and her family.

April was recently diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. The first portion of the event, a Tough Run and Leisure Hike through the White Pines Dude Ranch, kicks off at 3 p.m. The second portion, a hog roast dinner at the ranch, will be served from 5 to 8 p.m., with music, dancing, raffles, 50/50 drawing, kiddie games and a silent auction.

The KB Benefit hog roast dinner, catered by Ralphie and LuLu’s, will be served at White Pines Ranch. The menu will include kid-friendly options, and beer will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

All diners are welcome to enjoy music and dancing. Tickets are available in advance at The Ogle County Life office in Oregon; Ralphie & LuLu’s in Ashton; Paul Smith Accounting in Mount Morris; and from any benefit committee member. Tickets are also available at the door.

The grand prize raffle giveaway is a seven-night stay in Costa Rica (airfare not included), and second prize is a gas ignite charcoal grill.

Tough Run and Leisure Hike registration begins at 1:30 p.m. the day of the event; $30 registration includes dinner. Any kids registered for the event will receive entrance to all kiddie activities. Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher of the Tough Run.

In December 2011, Josh and April Roos of Oregon welcomed their beautiful son to the world. Two months later, April was diagnosed with Stage IV alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a pediatric cancer that is very rare in adults. Josh and April moved to Madison, Wis., for six weeks so April could complete an intense first round of chemo and radiation at UW Madison Hospital. April will continue to focus on improving and to receive treatment. She will be unable to work during this time.

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From the June 20-26, 2012, issue

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