Nonprofit TLS Veterans to host Lucky Rail Run Train Crawl benefit March 7

Get on board to help local veterans. On Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., TLS Veterans is hosting its second annual Lucky Rail Run Train Crawl fundraiser featuring The Thompson Duo.

Ride the Metra UP Northwest Line from Arlington Heights to Crystal Lake or hop on at any of the five stops to benefit TLS and bring awareness to the services they provide to local veterans and their families.

Tickets can be purchased at; the first 100 individuals to sign up online will receive a free Metra ticket good for the event. Tickets also can be purchased at any one of the five bars on the pub crawl; cash or a check made out to TLS Veterans only. Participating restaurants are: Eddie's Restaurant and Lounge, 10 E. Northwest Hwy. in Arlington Heights, JL's Pizza and Sports Bar, 19 N. Bothwell St. in Palatine, Yankee Doodle Inn, 311 E. Main St. in Barrington, The Tracks Bar & Grill, 108 W. Main St. in Cary, or Matt's Tavern, 92 Railroad St. in Crystal Lake.

Each $20 ticket includes a Lucky Rail Run event T-shirt and mug with all proceeds benefiting TLS Veterans.

The day of the event, all registered participants should check in beginning at 11 a.m. at one of the five bars. To enjoy the traveling music provided by The Thompson Duo, arrive at JL's Pizza and Sports Bar by 1:30 p.m. A variety of raffle baskets also benefiting TLS Veterans will be present at each location.

Tickets for the pub crawl can be purchased day of however participants are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead of time to ensure T-shirt size. Only those 21 and older may participate, ID's will be checked.

In operation since 1996, TLS Veterans' mission is to provide veterans in need and their families the services necessary to experience hope and achieve success. TLS Veterans operates New Horizons, a transitional living program located in Hebron. Additionally, their drop-in resource center at 5330 W. Elm St. in McHenry offers certified veteran peer support to any veteran family in need of assistance, including on-site food pantry, individual and group support for veterans in recovery, and referral to other agency services such as employment and housing assistance, respite care to veteran caregivers, and outdoors programming. With programs and services that cover Northern Illinois and parts of Kenosha County, Wisconsin, TLS Veterans has many community partners that work together to offer a safety net for veterans in need.

TLS Veterans board member and event organizer Chad Miller emphasizes that, "Our goal for this event is not only to raise funds to support the mission of TLS Veterans, but equally important is to raise awareness in nearby communities where TLS is less known." Invite your friends, family, and neighbors for this annual St. Patrick's Day themed event to help support local veterans. For information, go to or

On Saturday, March 7, The Thompson Duo, a husband-and-wife duo that plays acoustic versions of songs from the 1960s to today, will join in the second annual Lucky Rail Run Train Crawl to benefit TLS Veterans. Courtesy of The Thompson Duo
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