Penich Memorial charity to host poker run Aug. 24
News-Sun staff report August 21, 2013 8:40PM
Jeff Penich holds a portrait and wears the dog tags of his brother, Army Sgt. John Penich. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media file
Updated: September 23, 2013 2:09PM
WINTHROP HARBOR — The Sgt. John M. Penich Memorial charity will hold its annual poker run Aug. 24 beginning with registration at 9 a.m., with last vehicle out be noon, at Stone Creek Grill, 206 Sheridan Road.
All vehicles welcome.
Poker stops will include Stone Creek Grill, Mt. Olivet Memorial Park in Zion, Jesse Oaks in Gages Lake, Captain’s Quarters in Antioch (lunch stop), The Dover Inn in Kansasville, Wis., and VFW Post 1865 in Kenosha, Wis. Final stop will be by 4 p.m. at Stone Creek Grill.
There will a live band, food specials, gun raffle, quilt raffle, door prize raffles, 50/50 raffles, silent auction and more. Attending will be several of the heros that served Sgt. Penich.
Army Sgt. John M. Penich died Oct. 16, 2008, serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. The 25-year-old soldier from Beach Park was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
He died of wounds sustained from indirect fire during combat operations in Karangol Village, Afghanistan.
The charity’s mission statement is: “Supporting our troops away and at home,” and that is what they do. To date, it has bought two stoves for a Veterans Center for living in Gary, Ind.; put in a garden/outdoors space at a veteran’s home in Union Grove, Wis.; has funded the dog and training for seven heroes to have service dogs for there PTSD and co-funded five more.
Also, the charity has sent over 500 “spoiling you” packages to troops deployed overseas.
To purchase raffle tickets for the charity event, call Jeff Penich at (847) 902-4925. All proceeds will benefit Sgt. John M. Penich Memorial. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
For more information, visit www.sgtpenich.org or www.facebook.com/sgtpenich.memorial.