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Homes For Our Troops Event Raises $11,000
Monday Aug 07, 2017 8:22am
Park Township, St. Joseph Co. - MI

By: Mike Stiles

(PARK TOWNSHIP) – It was a good weekend for a long time fundraising event.

Jim and Peggy Fassett hosted their 8th annual Homes For Our Troops benefit hog roast. When the evening was over, Fassett says they had raised just over $11,000.

All of the funds raised from the hog roast, and other Homes For Our Troops events, will go to help build a home for Army Sergeant Michael Gower and his family in the Dorr, Michigan area. The organization uses the money raised to build or modify homes for veterans with injuries or disabilities.

Gower was injured while on his second deployment to Baghdad in 2007. The vehicle he was in ran over an improvised explosive device. Gower suffered a traumatic brain injury along with injuries to his back, both feet and other parts of his body.

Because Gower now uses a motorized scooter to get around, the home which will be constructed will allow for him to move freely inside, and will have ramps to help him enter and exit the house.

Fassett says approximately 400 people attended the event. In addition to the hog roast, there were games for the family, a chance to swim or kayak in the river and a performance by the Nicky Platinum Band.

All of the money raised was by donation.



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