Benefit set for firefighter battling cancer

ASHTON – A 5K walk/run will take place Saturday to help an Ashton firefighter battle cancer.

Anna Richter recently was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma. She is the daughter of Bernard “Stub” Richter of Ashton and Tammy Powell of Rochelle, and has a son, Michael, 8. Anna works at Crest Foods in Ashton. She joined the Ashton Fire Department in 2001, becoming an emergency medical technician, and recently, a captain.

The walk/run will begin at 1 p.m., starting from the Crest Foods parking lot, 502 Brown Ave. The fee is $15 per person. Registration will be from noon to 12:45 p.m.; a fire truck will kick off the event. Walk T-shirts will be ordered for all participants.

Forms are on Facebook under Benefit for Anna Richter, or can be obtained by contacting Denise Coffman at denisedcoffman@gmail.com or 815-751-8685. Coffman also can provide more information about the race.

A beer garden will open at noon, and a bake sale will begin at 1 p.m. Bake sale items also will be sold during bingo, starting at 2 p.m., at the Lions Center, 2128 State Route 38.

A bags tournament will start at 2 p.m., with a $10 team fee. A silent auction and 50/50 drawing will take place throughout the day. A live auction will start at 5 p.m., with such items as a 50-inch flat-screen TV, Chicago Cubs tickets, and a digital camcorder. Contact Martha Holder at martha.holder@comcast.net to donate auction items.

A kids’ zone will be provided from 2 to 5 p.m. in a heated tent near the Crest Foods parking lot. The cost will be $5; children must be accompanied by an adult. Face-painting, crafts, cookie decorating, a smoke house with fire safety information, and other activities will be available.

Scheduled bands include Tristan Bushman from noon to 1:30 p.m; Burn n’ Bush from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Snydley Whiplash from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; the Lizzy Neal Band from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Vodka Boys from 9 to 10:30 p.m. A dance contest will begin at 8:30 p.m.

A hog roast dinner will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Cliff’s Donuts Plus More also will sell items during the day.

Monetary donations can be made out to the Anna Richter Benefit. They can be dropped off at First National Bank, 803 Main St., Ashton, or sent to P.O. Box 405, Ashton, IL 61006.