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Dillon picnic raises money for military

Caitlin Row
Dillon, Colorado

DILLON , Colorado ” The Town of Dillon, Colorado celebrates its third annual Armed Forces Day picnic Saturday at the Dillon Amphitheater.

The picnic, which is co-sponsored by the Town of Dillon and the Leonidas Fund, honors current and past military members.

Tim Gurule, the Leonidas Fund founder, started the organization as a way to stay close to his son after he went into the service. It’s a nonprofit organization that sponsors Packages from Home, a program that provides food, toiletries, music, movies, magazines to deployed military personnel.

Gurule also expects to complete construction of the South Park Ranch rehabilitation project by 2011. The ranch will assist military members returning from deployment who’ve been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries or missing limbs.

“A lot of times they slip through the cracks,” Gurule said. “I want to help them back to being productive members of society.”

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The picnic will help fund both projects.

Event details

Picnic registration starts at 8 a.m. Volunteers will serve lunch at 10:45 a.m. until they’re out of food.

The picnic is free for people who’ve served on active duty since 2001 and it’s $7 for kids. Other meals range from $8.50 to $12. Meals are half price for veterans, the National Guard and Reserve members.

Picnic activities include the presentation of colors, prisoner of war and missing in action table honors, live music, a barbecue lunch, silent and live auctions, a kids’ raffle, a helicopter fly over and demonstration, firearm demonstrations, guest speakers, military representatives and a time to honor our fallen.

The Leonidas Fund is still in need of auction items, food, drinks and other support to make the picnic happen.

Donations can also be made at Wells Fargo or Wachovia banks to the “Leonidas Fund,” or at the picnic. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information about the Leonidas Fund, contact Gurule at (970) 389-6846 or tim@leonidasfund.org.

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