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American Legion to host 35th annual scholarship supper

Published: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 9:42 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 10:28 a.m. CST

For more than 30 years the American Legion Post 111 and family has hosted the Semi-Annual Scholarship Supper with a mission to raise scholarship money to go to Newton Senior High School students.

The barbecue supper from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday will be in honor of local grill master and Korean War U.S. Navy veteran Bob Howe, of Newton. Howe has provided his crew and equipment to prepare the barbecue for the last 35 years.

This year is no exception. Bob Howe along with Mike Howe, Rachelle Howe and Tony D’lapico are set to cook up a feast of beef and pork.

Marta Ford, a member of the Jasper County Veterans Affairs Board, said the event has been a tradition and a way to show support to local students as they choose how to further their education.

According to local veteran Dale Maki, of Newton, over the years Howe’s efforts for the scholarship have raised more than $70,000. There will be around four scholarships at $500 each being donated.

The Post 111 Ladies Auxiliary will offer homemade pies at $2 per slice. The proceeds will also benefit local students.

The American Legion will also raffle a USA made Henry “Golden Bay” U.S. Military tribute, lever action 22 Magnum rifle, Maki said. The winner doesn’t have to be present.

The tickets are $10 each and are available at the American Legion or at Clemon-Maki Insurance offices in Newton. Tickets will also be available the evening of the event.

Contact Kayla Singletary at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or