2014 Spaghetti Dinner Benefit

September 7th, 2014  |  Quinn Fuechsl

Collier House is hosting its 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the McHenry VFW Hall in McHenry on Saturday, November 1st, 2014. Hope to see you there! Food will be provided by Olive Garden of McHenry, Woodstock Swiss Maid Bakery, and Crystal Lake Sweet Pea Cakes. Returning entertainment will be provided by Just Duet and the St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy Silver Rifles Drill Team. The JA FRATE Memorial Semi will also make an appearance!

Please join us for fantastic food, great music, good fun and loads of activities! Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling Sandy Barcus at 815-385-4881.

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Where: McHenry VFW (3002 W Route 120, McHenry, IL)
Time: 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Adults – $15.00
4 to 9 – $10.00
Under 3 – FREE

2013 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

December 16th, 2013  |  Quinn Fuechsl

November 2nd, 2013 we held our 5th Spaghetti Dinner. It was a huge success. The silent auction was fantastic, the generosity of our community was outstanding. We raffled off the 1993 Harley Davidson and the lucky winner was Rusty Foszcz. Just Duet entertained us throughout the evening with their wonderful music. To round off our evening we had the St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy Silver Rifle Drill Team present the flags and perform a short program. This was a special moment which was a perfect addition to the evening.

Thanks to all of you that continue to generously support us by attending the dinner and spending time with your family and friends. We were pleased to see so many folks linger after dinner and enjoy each other’s company.

Please continue to support the local businesses and independent artists who contributed to the Spaghetti Dinner and Auction to make it a success: McHenry VFW, Swiss Maid Bakery, Sweet Pea Cakes, Just Duet, Barnes and Noble, St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, JAFrate, Eckel’s Flea Market, Ed’s Rental, US 99.5, Marvin’s Toy Store, Crystal Ice House, Dolphin Swim, Tree House, Jump Zone, Pearl Street Music, Bill and Linda Schuberth, SEDOM Center OT/PT and PE staff, Wickham Interiors, La Strata, Nye Auto Doctor, Laurie Jacobs, Raue Center, Georgio’s Pizza, Read Between the Lynes, Plum Garden, Olive Tap, Kalck Meats, Salon Te Elle Ce, Boone Creek Golf Club, Out of the Box, Carol Urban, Michele Shalton, Preferred Stock, Locker’s Flowers, Jaci’s Cookies, Illinois State Bank, McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, District 15 Pre-K Team, Salon Unique, Verlo Mattress Factory, Riverside Chocolates, Cindy Daverns, Blue Cherry, Running Depot, Little Boutique, Adam’s Memorials, Costco, Ellyn, Gail and Karen.

But not least of all, I want to thank all of the wonderful friends and family who work behind the scenes and make the evening happen. A big THANK YOU to COLLIER’s CREW: Colleen, Kristeen, Quinn, George, Karen, Megan, Mary, Alma, Joyce, Pam, Marty, Mike, Ellyn, Linda, Bill, Jessie, Patrick, Ellis, Michele, Mary Jo, Carl, Mary Margaret, Ryan, Gail, Hank, Randy and Rusty.

2013 Spaghetti Dinner Benefit

October 15th, 2013  |  Quinn Fuechsl

Collier House is hosting its 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the McHenry VFW Hall in McHenry on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. Please join us for fantastic food, great music, good fun and loads of activities! The night is filled with enchanting music by Just Duet, raffles throughout the night, a silent auction, a drill team performance by the Silver Rifles Drill Team from St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy – and a drawing for a custom 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle! Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling Sandy Barcus at 815-385-4881.

When: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Where: McHenry VFW (3002 W Route 120, McHenry, IL)
Time: 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Adults – $15.00
4 to 9 – $10.00
Under 3 – FREE

News from Collier House!

August 20th, 2013  |  Quinn Fuechsl

Harley Davidson Motorcycle Raffle Extended!


The motorcycle raffle has been extended to November 2, 2013. The raffle will take place at the COLLIER HOUSE Spaghetti Dinner at the McHenry VFW. Tickets are available at Eckel’s Flea Market, Fantasy Factory, McHenry VFW, Touch Of Italy, Kim and Patty’s Café, Dan Dreher of American Community Bank, Ray Rigsby of McHenry VFW, Ryan Blum of MCC Veteran’s Club, Letizia Cruise Night, McHenry Harley Davidson and through Sandy Barcus, 815-385-4881. Please support COLLIER HOUSE by buying a ticket and patronizing the businesses that support us! Don’t delay, call or stop in today!

COLLIER HOUSE now has a top deck railing that is fully stained! A road trip by Sandy Barcus and Ellyn Van Valzah to beautiful, scenic Clark, Wyoming succeeded in completing three objectives: stain the railings of the top deck, transport donated books, linens, movies, table and chairs and shelving to the house and meet with local program directors. In spite of heat sickness of both Sandy and Ellyn, and running out of water, the three goals were accomplished. The deck railing looks fabulous! The table and chairs fit perfectly, the books and movies have been shelved and the linens put away. The meetings with the program directors were informative and thought provoking. As always, feedback from the families residing at the house was heartfelt and positive.

COLLIER HOUSE looks forward to a year of growth with the proposed installation of chair lift, and anticipated grading of the driveway once funds have been raised by the motorcycle raffle. In addition to physical upkeep of the house, the COLLIER HOUSE Officers and Board of Directors look forward to our newest campaign, personally inviting the GOLD STAR (families who have lost a loved one in service to our country) families to spend time as our guests at the house. We will be starting with the GOLD STAR families in Illinois, then Wyoming and hopefully, by December or early 2014, a nationwide campaign. With 5,281 combat related deaths just in Iraq and Afghanistan, COLLIER HOUSE should be busy in the next year or so. It is a sad, yet good feeling to finally be able to offer the tranquility, beauty and comfort of COLLIER HOUSE to the GOLD STAR families.

Thanks for all your support and good will. Hope to see you on the Harley as you leave the Spaghetti Dinner on November 2, 2013!

1993 Harley Davidson Custom Sportster
Motorcycle Raffle!

May 29th, 2013  |  Quinn Fuechsl

How would you like to own your own vintage 1993 custom Harley Davidson Sportster? Well, now you can! Collier House is raffling off a 1993 Custom Harley Sportster on July 21st, 2013! Tickets are only $20 per ticket! Only 1000 tickets sold! Purchase your tickets by calling 815-385-4881!

Get your ticket’s now – before they sell out! GOOD LUCK!

2012 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

January 9th, 2013  |  Quinn Fuechsl

I apologize for the delay in updating. Between planning fundraisers, holiday celebrations, my amazing daughter Jessa visiting from Alaska, my darling grandson Rylin here, and my travels – I have been derelict in my blogging duties…

We had a very successful Spaghetti Dinner on November 3rd, 2012 thanks to the strong support of our community. In my heart, I realize that these community gathering events would not be possible without the sacrifices made by our military to protect our freedoms.

With tremendous “Thanks”, the Board of Directors and Officers of COLLIER HOUSE appreciate the VFW hosting our event. THANK YOU for supporting our mission to bring “Peace to the world, one family at a time”.

I want to THANK the 2012 SPAGHETTI DINNER PRODUCTION CREW! Without all of your time, effort, support, cheerleading, background work, advertising, and auction prep, our dinner would not have been such a success! Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

I am also amazed by the musical talent of Joe Cantafio. Thank you Joe, for spending your Saturday night singing for us. You Rock!

Just Duet” once again entertained our dinner crowd with their wonderful musical talent. Ladies you are blessed with great talent and I appreciate your sharing your evening with us. Thank You!

In addition to the Production Crew, I would like to thank all the local businesses and artists who supported the auction with donations:

Boone Creek Golf Center, Carol Urban, Chris Campo of Fantasy Factory, Classic Cinema, “C” You at the Movies, Camp Bow Wow, Chapel Hill Florist, Claws and Paws, Crystal Lake Olive Tap, Crystal Lake Barnes and Noble, Culver’s, D15 ECE Team D15 OT/PT, D47 OT/PT staff, Eckel’s Flea Market, Epic Bikes, Expressly Leslie, Foxhole Pizza, Gail Schneider, Illinois State Bank, Karen Fuechsl, Karen Kingsbury, Kiera Confections, Laurie Jacobs, Linda and Bill Schuberth, Linda G’eez, Lorraine’s Memories Scrapbooking Shop, Marita’s, McHenry Ed’s Rental, McHenry Harley-Davidson, McHenry Tae Kwon Do Academy, McHenry Starbuck’s, Nye’s Auto, O’Grady’s Barber Shop, Pet Central, Plum Garden, Poul’s Landscaping, Rave Waves Detailing, Read Between the Lynes, Riverside Chocolates, Salon Unique, SEDOM CENTER OT/PT staff, Stonewall Orchard Golf Course, , Sweet Pea Cupcakes, Swiss Maid Bakery, The Sugar Circle, Tropical Stop Tanning Spa, Verlo Mattress, Victoria Rose B&B, Woodstock Harley-Davidson, Woodstock Interiors Anew, Woodstock Thoughtfulness Shop, World Wide Traveler.

I also want to thank the generous folks who bid on the auction items, came to dinner and made donations to COLLIER HOUSE. Without the financial support of the community, we would not be able to continue our mission to provide free respite housing for families in crisis.

But mostly, I want to thank my wonderful family who has carried me through this journey to COLLIER HOUSE. May the sacrifice of Collier and our military never be taken for granted.

Peace… a way of life,

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – Saturday, November 3, 2012

October 8th, 2012  |  Quinn Fuechsl


2012 Laps for Love Fundraiser

October 8th, 2012  |  Quinn Fuechsl

Laps for Love – Saturday, August 18, 2012

August 12th, 2012  |  Quinn Fuechsl

The 2012 Laps for Love fundraiser for Collier House will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Knox Pool in McHenry. Please join us at Knox Pool – or consider a donation or pledge to those swimming “laps for love” by calling Sandy Barcus at 815-385-4881.

2012 Chicago Wolves Fundraiser

February 28th, 2012  |  Quinn Fuechsl