American Legion Post to Hold Poker Run Benefit for Bradenton Soldier

The Giving Coast

BY BRITTANY MATTIE SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY JAN 29, 2020

The irony is incredibly unfortunate when a soldier, who after three tours overseas, comes home safe, only to become paralyzed from the chest down due to a car accident. American Legion Post 325 Ellenton, a private nonprofit organization welcoming and supporting veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces, will be hosting a special fundraiser for the 28-year-old Bradenton resident, Private First Class (PFC) Benjamin A. Passet. 

A Poker Run Benefit is to be held on February 15, starting at 9:00 am for registration, at the A.L. Post 325 in Ellenton. The event will proceed throughout the day to different local pit-stops for community poker games. Poker hands are $20, or two for $30. Stops on the agenda include A.L. Post 312 in Sarasota, A.L. Post 24 in Bradenton, V.F.W. Post 10141 in Bradenton, Peggy’s Corral in Palmetto and back to A.L. Post 325 for festivities which include a free BBQ lunch, live music, vendors and a raffle. 

The nonprofit is currently looking for businesses to donate items for raffle prizes. Anything from sporting games, getaways, baskets of various items, electronics and gift certificates, to home appliances, theme park tickets, excursion packages and concert tickets, are welcomed to include to raise money for Passet’s health and recovery. American Legion is also looking for businesses who are interested in being a vendor for the event. Vendor spaces are $10 per 10x10 space. Contact Lisa Bapst at swtlisab@verizon.net for a registration form or raffle donation.

American Legion Post 325 Ellenton.

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