Photo by U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Evanston’s American Legion Post 42 will host a Homemade Pasta Dinner from 5-8 p.m. Sat., April 14, to raise travel expenses for disabled veterans competing this summer at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Richmond, VA.

For a $12 donation guests at Post 42’s meeting hall, located next to the CTA Purple Line at 1030 Central St., will enjoy pasta “al dente” with meatballs and sauce, salad, garlic bread, soft drinks and coffee.

Proceeds will help send a multi-sport team of wheelchair-bound area veterans, including many getting care at the North Chicago VA Hospital, to the 32nd annual wheelchair games to be held June 25-30 in Virginia.

The national competition includes archery, basketball, bowling, field events, hand-cycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine-ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weight-lifting.

Athletes compete against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.

“Here’s a chance for us in the Evanston area to show some gratitude for the enormous sacrifice these ex-servicemen and women have made on our behalf,” said Greg Wilson, commander of Post 42. “And the food will be delicious.”

Guests can pay at the door; but anyone can send a contribution to Post 42, Box 42, Evanston, IL 60204. More information is available by calling 847-475-9076.