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Pub crawl proceeds to send vets to D.C.

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 9:52 a.m.CDT

McHENRY –A scavenger hunt and pub crawl combo is planned to raise money to send veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C.

The crawl starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at After the Fox, 1406 N. Riverside Drive, and ends back at the McHenry bar.

The cost is $20 and includes a wristband, T-shirt, food, live music and raffles.

The event is being organized by two area nonprofits, Joe's Wish and Freedom Branches.

Freedom Branches, which was started by sisters Denise Coots and Deana Nordengren after they visited D.C. with their father, plans on taking 45 to 50 veterans on a bus trip in the spring of 2015 to see the memorials in the capital.

The trip costs about $400 a person and covers hotel and food.

Joe's Wish, which was started by McHenry resident, Marianne Ruiz, in honor of her father, will also donate a portion of the proceeds from its meat raffles.

To register for the crawl, call Ruiz at 815-575-1011.

Donations can also be made by mailing checks made payable to "Freedom Branches" to Home State Bank, 3500 Diamond Drive, McHenry, Ill. 60050.

- Northwest Herald

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