'Battle of the Benefits' planned

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Eagles Ladies Auxiliary plans a benefit annually, usually to help out an individual. But this year, they’ve decided to do something a little bit different. The club will host a “Battle of the Benefits” where attendees can vote, using quarters, for one of three charities. The charity with the most votes at the end of the night will get 50 percent of the event’s proceeds, and the other two will receive lesser amounts.
“We decided to do this differently this year, because we couldn’t find somebody who wasn’t already being helped,” explained one of the event’s organizers, Stephanie Thomas.
Thomas, along with others in the Ladies Auxiliary: Hollie Wenzel, Sherry Hann, Rennee Warren, and Dawna Embree, have been planning the event since February. Many of the elements involved in the day-long benefit have been donated, such as auction items, use of a bouncy house, and t-shirts. The Plymouth Fire Department is also donating their time and bringing the safe house for fire safety demonstrations, and the Plymouth Police Department will do a presentation on bike safety.
“This is more activities than we’ve ever had (at a benefit) before,” said Thomas.
“Since all the organizations are helping kids, we wanted to make it a family fun day,” added Wenzel.
The organizations in the running for the money are: Camp Riley, Rupert’s Kids, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana. Water jugs will be set out the day of the benefit for each organization so attendees can vote. The winner will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from the event, the second place winner will receive 30 percent, and third place winner will receive 20 percent. The family day portion of the event, which includes a moonwalk, face painting, and kid’s carnival games begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. Wristbands for children are $5. There will also be a motorcycle ride from 1 to 4 p.m. for a $10 rider charge and $5 passenger charge. Those interested in going on the ride — to the Eagles Club in Mishawaka and back — should arrive at 12:30 in order to sign up.
Three bands will be playing throughout the day and in the evening: Broken Lace from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Subtle Fall and The Recall from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will also be a B100 birthday ticket giveaway from 5 to 7 p.m., and a cornhole tournament. A jambalaya dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m. for $6. For more information or to donate auction items, call the Eagles at 574-936-2221 or view the event page on Facebook by searching for “3rd Annual Benefit Bash.”
To support the event, Applebee’s is having “Dine to Donate” days Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Bring in the Eagles coupon (available on the Facebook event page) and 15 percent of your bill will go toward the benefit. Participants will also receive a coupon for $5 off their next Applebee’s visit. The This-N-That store on Jefferson Street in Plymouth is also donating 20 percent of sales to the benefit from now until the day of the event. The event will be held July 28.