Parade, party taking shape for wounded Dixon Marine Adam Devine
Guitar signed by Styx, Mustang up for sale
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DIXON – Plans for a July 14 parade and benefit for wounded Dixon Marine Adam Devine are gathering speed.
The parade will run from 11 a.m. to noon, starting at Dixon High School. It will head across Peoria Avenue bridge, turn left at Third Street, go down Hennepin Avenue and end at the Reagan statue at the Riverfront.
The benefit will begin immediately after at the Dixon VFW, 1560 Franklin Grove Road.
A guitar signed by the band Styx, a jukebox full of CDs and a Ford Mustang will be auctioned at the party, which also will offer a bags tournament, a draft beer station, a 50/50 raffle, and a dunk tank, said Deb DeLancey, Devine’s aunt.
The adults will play tug of war while children will have an obstacle course, face painting and games in their own entertainment tent.
“It is a very family-oriented day,” DeLancey said.
Mama Cimino’s, Salamandra Restaurant, Sow Belly’s, Touch of Thai and Culver’s will provide food, while Mike Venier and Bob Balayati of the Late Nite Blues Brothers Band will DJ and play live music.
T-shirts that read “Adam had a blast in Afghanistan,” dog tags, silicon wristbands and commemorative coins will be sold.
A silent auction will last until 6 p.m., followed by the live auction. Items still are needed, and can be dropped off at the VFW between 1 and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
The Mustang being sold is Devine’s own.
Admission to the benefit is $5 for 11 and older, $2 for everyone else.
There will be a free shuttle service for those who want a ride to the benefit. It will make the rounds every half-hour from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., starting at the Ronald Reagan statue, then to Comfort Inn, 136 Plaza Drive, and on to the VFW.
Proceeds will go to the lance corporal, who lost both legs to an improvised explosive device Dec. 28 in Afghanistan. A fund also has been set up at First National Bank.
Click here to go to the “Adam Devine benefit” page on Facebook to keep up with his progress and for more information.
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