SUGAR GROVE—The friends and family of Matt McCannon welcomed over 250 people to his benefit on Friday, March 14, in the Pine Room at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove.
McCannon, a long-time Sugar Grove resident, has been unable to work or receive his health insurance benefits without paying full price since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in late 2013. After learning of his condition, community members coordinated a benefit to help McCannon during this difficult time.
The event featured a corn beef dinner served with cabbage, potatoes and carrots for guests. Multiple raffles were held during the evening.
Sugar Grove Village Board trustee Rick Montalto helped with the organization and planning of the benefit, and said he was pleased with the turnout.
“The turnout far exceeded our expectations,” Montalto said. “We sold about 150 meal tickets prior to the event and had another 115 people show up at the door on the night of the event, for a total of 265 for dinner. The community was very generous with both donations for the raffle prizes and donations to the family.”
The 265 meal tickets were sold at $20 apiece, and all the proceeds went to benefit McCannon and his family. Several people donated abundantly to the raffle.
“We had several things donated for the raffle,” said Fred Felella, who is McCannon’s friend. “There was a golfing outing for four, a recliner, a big-screen TV, numerous gift cards, a family night package, 38-plus different gift baskets and more.”
Anyone who would like to donate a monetary gift can make their check out to the Matt McCannon MS Fund and drop them off at the Castle Bank location in Sugar Grove.
“The place was busting to the seams with how many people who attended, and Matt was completely overwhelmed in a good way,” said Kevin Choate, a Sugar Grove resident and American Legion member who is a friend of McCannon’s. “The old saying, ‘You don’t know how many lives you’ve touched until you need help,’ comes to mind.”