Friends and family of Gillespie resident, Jim Duncan, will host a benefit for him on Saturday, September 29, at the Brittany Shooting Park located of Gillespie off Route 16. Jim has been battling Stomach and Esophageal Cancer since February, 2012.
After undergoing chemo and radiation treatment for seven weeks, surgery was performed on June 15. Jim is now recuperating at home before his next round of extensive chemo. He will also have to undergo surgery and therapy on his vocal cords.
Jim is the son of the late David and Ruth Duncan of Gillespie. He is married to Theresa (Brown) Duncan, the daughter of the late Morgan and Marie Brown of Gillespie. Both Jim and Theresa are lifelong residents of Gillespie and reside just north of town. Jim is a retired auto mechanic from Drew Ford in Gillespie and Theresa is a retired teacher from Litchfield High School.
On Saturday, September 29, there will be a trap shoot and washer tournament beginning at 3 p.m. at Brittany Shooting Park. At 5 p.m., attendees will have an opportunity to browse through the auction items and purchase 50/50 and raffle tickets.
A hog roast will be donated by the Doyle family of Hickory Grove Pork Farm and Fema will be catering a buffet dinner starting at 6 p.m. A live auction will be held after dinner and Southern Blend Band will perform starting at 8 p.m. playing old rock and roll music and popular country western favorites.
Tickets for the event cost $30 for couples, $20 for singles over age 21, and $10 for singles under age 21. This covers the cost of admission, dinner, beer, setups, and an evening of dancing. Tickets may be purchased at the following businesses: Fema’s Catering, Benld; Drew Ford, Gillespie; Accents Flower Shop, Gillespie; Bunker Hill Chiropractic, Bunker Hill; and Victory Lane Ford, Litchfield.
Donation drop-off and tickets are also available from: Jim and Ann Rolando, Carlinville, 217-854-2775; Bill and Andrea Duncan, Carlinville, 217-854-2280; Pete Duncan, Gillespie, 217-839-2709: Lynn Boston, Carlinville, 217-473-1824; Dave and Mary Griffel, Gillespie, 217-839-4289; Roger and Vicki DeWitt, Gillespie, 217-839-2273; and Butch Butcher, Bunker Hill/Brighton, 618-278-4220.
Monetary donations may be sent to Jim Duncan Benefit Fund, United Community Bank, P.O. Box 148, Gillespie, IL 62033.
Auction items and updates can be found at by visiting our website by clicking here: Jim Duncan Benefit website.