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Benefit ride to support Duclos family

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

The Eagles Lodge, with help from Punishers Burg, are rallying around a local family in need this weekend with a benefit ride.

The ride takes place Sunday at the lodge, 20 E. Franklin Street in Shelbyville, to raise money for the Duclos family. Addison Duclos, a sixth-grade student at Southwestern Elementary School, died in a truck accident in late-September.

Registration for the ride goes from 12 to 1:30 p.m., with kickstands up at 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per rider and $5 per passenger. The entry fee includes a meal.

Ronnie Phelps and Jack Bassett helped organize the event, which will raise funds for the family. Bassett said Phelps called him following Addison Duclos’ passing and suggested they put together a benefit.

Bassett then called Punishers and he said about four hours later, got a call back telling him to come to the Eagles because Punishers already had a Grave Digger truck ready to be donated.

“They’re awesome,” he said. “They didn’t have no time to do this, (to) put this together and they still said, ‘Yeah, we’ll do it.’”

Tickets are five for $20 for the Grave Digger.

In addition to the truck, two guns are available through a raffle. The guns, a Henry Golden Boy, lever action with an octagon barrel, and a Savage 17 HMR stainless steel barrel, are “very nice guns, very high-quality guns,” Phelps said.

Tickets are available for the gun raffle for $20 apiece.

Pulled pork, baked beans and coleslaw will be served for lunch, which will be prepared by Dayton’s Family Affair, and there will be a silent auction, a bake sale and other raffles. Bassett said he’s also trying to get some bands to play.

“It’s all about people helping people, the Eagles is, and Ronnie and his wife and Punishers Burg and the Eagles Lodge, if you have a tragic accident or something, (if) you need help, get a hold of us,” he said. “We always put together something to help you.”