Photo credit: Paralyzed Veterans of America

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Evanston’s American Legion Post 42 will host a Homemade Pasta Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 2 to raise travel expenses for disabled veterans competing this summer at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

For a $10 donation –- $12 at the door – 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, plus salad, garlic bread and a drink.

Kids under 6 eat free, and an expanded raffle features donated prizes such as a season pass at Canal Shores Golf Course and Bears/Packers tickets.

Proceeds help send the Lovell Legends team of wheelchair-bound veterans, including many getting care at North Chicago’s Lovell Veterans Administration  Hospital, to the 35th annual Wheelchair Games to be held June 21-26 in Dallas, Tex.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Games include archery, basketball, bowling, field events, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting. 

Those who cannot attend the benefit can send a contribution or buy a raffle ticket ($5/1; 6/$25) via American Legion Post 42, Box 42, Evanston, IL 60204.  More information is available by calling 847-475-9076.