FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — The commander of a Chicago-area VFW post that was at risk of closing says the post will remain open next year thanks to a flood of donations.
The Daily Southtown reports Commander Stan Tylinski worried Frankfort VFW Post 1493 would have to close after he took over the post and discovered a pile of unpaid bills and taxes.Since the post’s problems became public last month Tylinski says his phone hasn’t stopped ringing and “donations have skyrocketed.”READ MORE: Man Attacked, Robbed At Gunpoint Near Wicker Park
The post surpassed an online fundraising goal of $25,000 and has received checks from across the U.S. and help from area VFWs. Tylinski says, “We will be here next year.”READ MORE: Chance The Rapper Speaking At Sky's WNBA Championship Parade And Rally
He’s working with a committee of local leaders to ensure the VFW’s long-term viability. A January 16 fundraiser also is planned.MORE NEWS: 25-Year-Old Man Shot In Both Legs While Driving In West Chatham
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