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Benefit planned for Spring Valley native who lost home in flooding

Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 2:41 p.m. CST

LASALLE — There are many tragic stories in the area and country now due to severe weather occurrences and the results of these events. One such story has affected Spring Valley native Rachel Gillan Allen, the daughter of Dave and Karen Gillan, her husband Josh and their three children.

Rachel and Josh were living in East Peoria on the side of a ravine when the recent rains caused the land under their home to wash out, resulting in the house being condemned due to the recent flooding. They lost their home and all its contents and have been moving from place to place with their children since this happened in April.

Mighty Word Church will hold a benefit spaghetti dinner for the couple from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, located at 599 Canaan Drive (across from Denny’s on Route 351) in LaSalle. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children with children under 3 free. Tickets are available for purchase at the church or by calling Rev. Karen at 815-224-4067, ext. 103, for more information.

The event will also include live music, games for kids and adults, and raffles. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Allens.

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