A car show fundraising event will be held next month in Aurora to benefit a charity that connects therapy dogs with United States veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder.
The fundraiser was organized by Wendy Meyers, a Plainfield woman whose son, retired Marine Brandon Meyers, committed suicide on June 28, 2013.
The car show event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 12 at The Foundry, 85 Executive Drive, in Aurora.
It will feature show, classic and muscle cars and will include a raffle with prizes that include a Dell tablet, a Kindle Fire and more.
Admission is $20, or $15 for service members, according to a flier for the event.
"Come have fun, show off your pride and joy, and helps us raise awareness and money to obtain service dogs for veterans living with PTSD," the flier states.
All proceeds will benefit PAWWS, or Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors, a Palos Heights-based nonprofit organization that pairs wounded veterans with therapy dogs.
Meyers has also set up an online fundraiser to raise money to link up service dogs with veterans at gofundme.com/8zi4z4.
Meyers' son served in the Marines from 2006 to 2010 and deployed to Iraq for seven months from 2007 to 2008, according to Marine Corps records.
Meyers' son, Brandon, "carried many demons back with him" after a deployment to Iraq, she wrote on the fundraising website. "Our mission now is to help other Veterans suffering from the same demons that Brandon fought. My son is too late for this … but it is our mission now to help as many as we can!"
Text 630-957-7181 or 815-919-7099 for more information.