The 6th Annual Remembering Rhoades benefit will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Rushville Elks Lodge.

Cathy Rhoades organized the benefit in memory of her husband Dennis Rhoades who died of melanoma in 2012 at the age of 57. He worked for RushShelby Energy for 33 years.

“My goal for the benefit this year is to make an impact to as many people as possible whether that’s big or small,” Cathy Rhoades said. “This will be the sixth benefit and each year it grows. One thing Rushville is amazing at is supporting the citizens that maybe you know or maybe you don’t in their time of need. I love the saying ‘No One Fights Alone and in Rushville’.”

This year’s benefit will include a meal, live auction and entertainment.

Proceeds raised from the auction will benefit Roger and Deb Rosfeld, patients at Rush Memorial Hospital’s Sheehan Cancer Center and Heroes 4 Higher. Roger was diagnosed with brain cancer and lung cancer and Deb was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

“I hope the funds will give them a little piece of mind,” Rhoades said. “The whole reason Remembering Rhoades was started was from patients and their families I met when Dennis was in and out of hospitals having to worry about paying bills on top of fighting for their life.”

The meal for the benefit will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. It will include a two-piece chicken dinner, mash potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw and a roll for $10.95.

All proceeds from the dinner will go towards the facility charge and entertainment.

Rusty Harmeyer and his auction crew will start the auction at 7:30 p.m. One crew member will log sales and another will be positioned in the hallway to allow buyers to pay when they want and leave as they want.

Entertainment will be provided by The Billy Brown Band beginning at 9 p.m.

According to Billy Brown’s bio, Billy Brown brings his very own flavor to country music. From ballads to boot stompin’ anthems his music breaks the genre barrier and appeals to anyone who loves some good ol’ tunes.

When Rhoades visits the Sheehan Cancer Center, she hands out $100 bills to patients undergoing chemo.

“It’s not much but it sure brings a lot of smiles and a few tears,” Rhoades said. “I started this at St. Francis, where Dennis received his treatments, the first year after he passed. I went on Dennis’ birthday and passed out $800.”

According to Rhoades, Dennis never knew a stranger. He loved his job at RushShelby Energy.

“He was a Staking Engineer and with that position came talking with and helping the members,” Rhoades said. “He was passionate about deer hunting. I don’t know how he did it. If you knew Dennis, he was not one to stay idle to long. He was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father and friend.”

Last year’s event raised $15,000, which benefited Barbie Meyer Lower and patients at the Sheehan Cancer Center.

To donate to the Remembering Rhoades benefit call Rhoades at 765-570-3656 or Jon Lykins at 765-561-5261.

Rhoades would like to thank the Rushville community for all of its support. Those who have given donations include the Rushville Elks Lodge, David and Vicky Lindsey, Jon, Mark and Teresa Lykins, Tim Lower, Carolyn Wesley, Lisa Boaz, Jeff Muegge and Susan Hoeing.

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