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Tractors for a Cure fundraiser set for July 12

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Updated: July 23, 2014 6:16AM



The fourth annual Tractors for a Cure fundraiser is scheduled for 9 a.m. to midnight July 12 at Firemen’s Park, 673 Penfield St. in downtown Beecher, according to a press release about the event.

Tractors for a Cure has lowered wristband prices by $5 this year because there will be a fee for beer and wine coolers, the release said.

Proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society.

“Every family has someone who has been affected with some form of cancer,” Tractors for a Cure chairman Dean Bettenhausen said in the release.

In his case, his daughter Annie had a bout with cancer.

“We need to help the American Cancer Society with their fundraising effort, as they have done so much for my family,” Bettenhausen said in the release. “Let’s find a cure today and make cancer go away.”

Bettenhausen and his team of volunteers sponsored the inaugural Tractors for a Cure fundraiser on his farm in Beecher in 2011 to support the American Cancer Society. They have pledged to continue their efforts as long as possible to assist the organization with its fundraising efforts, according to the release.

In 2011, their commitment to help the American Cancer Society raised more than $90,000. In 2012, more than $40,500 was raised. In 2013, Tractors for a Cure donated more than $30,000 to the Peotone-Beecher-Monee Relay for Life. This year, Tractors for a Cure hopes to raise more money than ever, the release said.

This year’s event is again family-oriented and includes a clown and barrel train for kids, the release said. There also will be face painting, balloon art, games and a kids pedal tractor pull with prizes, it said.

Pedal pull registration begins at 1:30 p.m., with the pull starting at 2:30 p.m. Kids must weigh between 30 and 80 pounds and pay the admission fee to participate, the release said.

Food will include doughnuts, lunch, dinner, ice cream, popcorn, pop, juice and water, all of which are included in the ticket prices. Lunch will consist of hot dogs and hamburgers. Dinner includes sausage, sweet corn and pork chop sandwiches.

Tickets/wristbands are $20 for ages 13 and over, $10 for ages 5 to 12. Kids 5 and under are free with a paying parent.

There also will be silent and live auctions, a tractor poker run, a cancer ribbon of tractors in a local farm field, a parade, a raffle for a 1953 Farm All Super H, WF Tractor, and a separate raffle for a TV/DVD combo. Tickets are $10 for the tractor raffle. The TV/DVD raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.

The tractor run/parade registration begins at 9 a.m. July 12. The tractor ride and parade lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. at the park parking lot, with the parade starting at 1 p.m. Parade participants can drive or ride a tractor by itself, or have a tractor pulling a wagon/barge. There will be a contest for the best creative wagon design, with a $300 prize for first place, according to the release.

Participants must provide their own wagon/barge, and all entrants must register in advance.

The winning poker hand in the tractor poker run will be awarded $200.

Entertainment will be provided by disc jockey Dave “The Dead Time” Cowger starting at 9 a.m. and intermittently throughout the day. Cowboy Jeremy will entertain from 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., and The Silhouettes are to perform at 8 p.m. The live auction begins at 7 p.m., and silent auction bidding ends at 9 p.m.

The candlelight event and tribute video with the Stockyard Kilty Band begins at 9 p.m. To enter a photo of a loved one for this tribute video, send a $5 donation and photos marked with a return address and whether the picture is “in memory of” the person pictured, or whether the picture is of a survivor. Send the donation, picture and ID of the person to Tractors for a Cure, P.O. Box 360, Beecher, IL 60401.

All proceeds from the event and video will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

The beer garden will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight. Beer will be $1 this year, and wine coolers will be $3.

Organizers also are accepting donations for both the silent and live auctions, no matter how big or small. Donated items need to be registered by June 29. Cash donations can be mailed to the same address as listed above for the photos.

For more information, contact Bettenhausen at (708) 243-8877, visit www.tractorsforacure.com or “Tractors For A Cure, Inc.” on Facebook, or email tractorsforacure@gmail.com.

Staff report



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