Wheaton Rotary striving to help veterans

By Erica Loiacono
Wheaton Rotary
Posted12/1/2012 6:00 AM

The Rotary Club of Wheaton has partnered with the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton to help ensure veterans who are rebuilding their lives have adequate transportation. The club has purchased a small bus and sedan for the shelter.

To help fund that and other projects, the club is sponsoring its 25th annual Christmas Inn fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Abbington Banquets, 3S002 Route 53 in Glen Ellyn. Tickets are $75 per person, $700 for a table of 10.

All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Wheaton's local and international projects, with a special focus this year on veterans. The event will celebrate the Christmas season with games, silent and live auctions, raffles, music and more. The ticket price includes passed hors d'oeuvres, a multi-course dinner, cash bar and entertainment.

This is the Rotary Club of Wheaton's only fundraiser and the proceeds allow the club to provide service projects and funding to both local and international initiatives.

For details regarding the Rotary Club of Wheaton and the Christmas Inn fundraiser, visit wheatonrotary.com or email Lori Belha at lbelha@att.net.

Wheaton Rotary also is accepting donations to support the vehicle purchase. Donations can be sent to Wheaton Rotary, Attn.: Fund in Need, P.O. Box 68, Wheaton, IL 60187. All donations will benefit the vehicle purchase for veterans at the Wheaton shelter.

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is a not-for-profit organization that provides housing and supportive services to homeless veterans. Housing services include a transitional living facility named in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Larson, and six affordable housing apartments.

Both programs provide services to veterans of any era to help them out of homelessness and back to useful, productive lives.