Collier House fundraiser
Coming to the Collier House Fundraiser Nov. 4 is one small way to thank Collier and his family for his ultimate sacrifice.

Some might say the house is out in the middle of nowhere. Others would say that its right where they need it. Collier House is in the backcountry of Wyoming for a reason. It is here – away from the urban hustle and bustle, where the howl of a coyote is 100-times more likely than the honk of a car horn, where the depths of the heavens are counted in a multitude of stars only visible this far from city lights – because it offers the comfort, the seclusion and a connection with nature that goes a long way to help families looking for a safe retreat from the mayhem they’ve escaped for a little while.

The home is named in honor of Collier Barcus whose life was claimed by enemy action in Iraq in 2004. Before he met his untimely death, Collier discovered the benefits of the Wyoming wilderness. It was in the same environment that he found a new beginning. His experience under those same starts brought him back to his mother and his family, if only for a little while. It gave him a sense of purpose and belonging. This is the basis of the concept Sandy Barcus, Collier’s mother, had when she started Collier House.

Collier House Benefit Fundraiser offers fine food, live music and prizes while supporting a great cause

5-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

McHenry VFW

3002 W Route 120

This is the second annual Spaghetti Fundraiser for Collier House. Olive Garden of McHenry is providing the spaghetti and fixings. Sweet Pea Cakes of Crystal Lake, and Swiss Maid Bakery of Woodstock, are offering the sweeter, after-dinner delicacies. ‘Suzy and the Qs’ are providing the musical delicacies.

Along with live music and a spectacular meal, attendees will have opportunities to win prizes with raffles and a silent auction.

The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children 4-9 and free for those 3 and under. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 815-385-4881 or visit

Spaghetti fundraiser at McHenry VFW to benefit families in crisis

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