Empty Can Band to Play Benefit for Fallen Marine on June 7th

What better way to celebrate D-Day that with a benefit for a fallen marine? The Empty Can Band will perform at the Poker Run to Benefit the Captain Thomas John Heitmann Memorial fund on Saturday, June 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 830 Harrison St.,Peru, IL 61354, (815) 223-0282. You do not have to participate in the Poker Run to enjoy the Empty Can Band. The band will start playing at 3:00 TJ_Heitman_Benefit_Imagep.m. and plan to each play at least a set a piece. We are planning an Uber Jam at the end!

Here’s more info about the Poker Run:


June 7, 2014
All vehicles welcome! Registration will take place in Peru, IL at the Eagle’s Club. Registration starts at 8AM with a bike blessing taking place at 10AM. The Run will finish at the Eagles Club in Peru, IL with a live and silent auction at 3PM, dinner at 4PM, as well as live entertainment! Come and support us in accomplishing Thomas’ dreams.

Here’s more about Thomas:
Captain Thomas John Heitmann, 27, of Mendota, Illinois, was killed while flying an AH-1W Cobra helicopter that crashed during training on September 19th, 2011, at Camp Pendelton, a Marine Corps base in Southern California.

Captain Heitmann, Tom to his friends, was a member of the Saint Bede Academy graduating class of 2002 (Peru, Illinois). While at St. Bede, Tom lettered four years in football with three years in track and one in basketball. He was a part of the most successful football team in the Academy’s history and was inducted with his team into SBA’s Hall of Fame. He was also the 2002 News Tribune Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year; he still holds two of St. Bede’s track and field records. Tom was involved in the arts as well; he was a four-year choir member and cast in the Academy’s musicals. On top of the arts and athletics, Tom was also active in his faith, serving as a eucharistic minister at the Academy and participating in TEC (Teens Encounter Christ)


About three years ago, Thomas Heitmann wrote a letter to St. Bede track and field coach Mike Skoflanc. The former Bruin standout wanted to see what could be done to raise funds to build a track at his alma mater. Tragically, Heitmann is not able to see that project through. This benefit will raise funds for the project. To read more about Thomas, learn more about the benefit or make a donation, please visit the Captain Thomas John Heitmann website – http://www.capttjhmemorial.com/

The cost for the Poker Run which included dinner is $20.00, if you would like to just attend the dinner and enjoy the bands, it’s $10.00. Both bands are donating their time and equipment to the cause. We will rock the house! For more information about the Eagles Lodge, call (815) 223-0282.

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