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      Biker Ball Fundraiser to Help Iraq/Afghanistan Vets with College

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      A biker ball is planned, as veterans unite to help those coming back from war.

      A benefit fund is being set up to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, to receive money to start or continue classes at any of the five community colleges throughout the state.

      Riders from the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets motorcycle club are teaming up with the Grand Island United Veterans Club for this to compensate vets as they're waiting for school.

      Organizers say it's a need that can't be ignored.

      "As long as we have a need, as long as the Vets have the need, yes, we'll keep it going and hopefully we'll progress on to longer," said event committee member Gary Kluch. "Because we've got a lot more people coming back with the downgrading of the military in Iraq and Afghanistan."

      Only 400 tickets are being sold with the top prize for the raffle a new Harley Davidson and three $100 giveaways.

      The "Biker Ball" will be held at the Howard Johnson in Grand Island on September 20th.

      REPORTER'S NOTES: Tickets are already being sold for the inaugural Biker Ball in September, and can be purchased either at the Grand Island Harley Davidson, or by contacting Gary Kluch at 308-470-1185 or any member of the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets motorcycle club.

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