Posted Online: July 05, 2013, 10:38 am

Kewanee VFW makes donation to Walldogs project

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Cindy Saey, left, Ron Saey, and Mike Fleming, VFW Post #8078; Dianne Packee, Co-chair, Walldogs Host Committee; Russell Medley, Kewanee Economic Development Corporation.

The Walldogs’ Host Committee is pleased to announce that the VFW Post #8078 is donating $4,000 towards a mural that will be painted during the upcoming Walldogs’ Meet. The mural will pay tribute to the Kewanee’s military history and the veterans. Fittingly, the mural will be located on the east side of the VFW’s building at 200 W. 5th St.

The mission of the VFW is to provide information about veteran affairs to vets and their families.

The VFW is involved in many community projects, including providing the color guard for ballgames at Kewanee High School for the last 30 years. Along with the Kewanee Veteran’s Council, the VFW provides the Honor Guard for military funerals and they have cooked pork chops for Hog Days since its inception. The VFW also makes financial contributions to organizations including Project Graduation and Little League and provide Christmas baskets for area nursing home residents each year. The VFW also sponsors an annual Christmas party for children and grandchildren of veterans from around Kewanee. The local VFW supports the Veterans’ Homes in Quincy and LaSalle, Illinois as well as the National Home.

In addition to sponsoring a mural, the VFW Auxiliary is sponsoring the luminaries that will be placed on downtown streets on Wednesday evening, July 10th. The organization is also providing lunch for the Walldog artists on Friday, July 12th along with the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Ladies Society.

Ron Saey stated, “I think I can speak for all our members—we are very excited about the event for our post and the community. The mural on the side of our building will be honoring our past heroes and the current membership will be leaving a legacy for future membership. We hope someday, there does not need to be a VFW, but for now, there is a need.”

Major contributors to the Walldogs effort include the City of Kewanee, Great Dane Trailers, Community State Bank, Martin Engineering, Preferred Home Health Care, Reiman’s Harley Davidson, the Nelson Lay Family, B & B Printing, Regional Media, VFW Post #8078, Muselman Investments (McDonald’s), Rumbold & Kuhn Inc., State Bank of Toulon, Sullivan Door Company, Boss Manufacturing, Breedlove’s, Peoples National Bank, Century 21 Sutton & Associates, Cerno’s Bar & Grill, Cernovich Auto & Truck Wrecking, Dr. Rick Cernovich , Aunt Daisy’s Bed & Breakfast, Drs. Hubbard & Hubbard, Lyle R. Jager Agency, Kewanee Hospital, Spets Brothers, Kewanee Garden Club, Kewanee Women’s Club, Kiwanis Club of Kewanee, Kewanee Rotary, Fred & Shirley Leggett, Ted Canellos, the Ken & Pam Mott Family, Mabel Andris and the Andris Family, the Tim Sheets Family, John & Delcine Heartt, Bob & Martina Jacobs, Phyllis Dotson, the Byron Bryner Family and Will & Sue Sagmoen.

The Walldogs’ Host Committee consists of 50 + volunteers working to plan and coordinate Kewanee’s Walldog Meet scheduled for July 10-14, 2013. As of this writing, it will be the largest ever Walldog Meet in their 20 year history. The Walldogs Host Committee is Co-chaired by Dennie and Dianne Packee, Reiman’s Harley Davidson. For more information about the Walldogs and the Walldogs’ Host Committee, contact Dianne Packee at (309) 312-0168 or Russell Medley at (309) 853-5000.