Lansing fundraiser to help teen with cerebral palsy

2013-08-18T21:45:00Z 2013-08-20T13:21:05Z Lansing fundraiser to help teen with cerebral palsyJeanette Lach (219) 933-3267 jeanette.lach@nwi.com nwitimes.com

LANSING | Jack's Sports Pub & Eatery, 3325 Ridge Road, is hosting a fundraiser for a Lansing teenager born with cerebral palsy who needs a wheelchair-accessible van.

Jack's will be serving New York strip steak dinners with all the fixings from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 14 for a $25 donation, either in advance or at the door. There will also be a DJ and raffles throughout the night, including gift certificates to local restaurants and jewelry. All of the proceeds will go to Joshua Miketinas.

The fundraiser Jack's for Joshua came about when a friend of the family got in touch with Joshua's father, Jim.

"I've known his father, Jim, for a very long time, lost track of him and ran back into him a year ago and he was telling me how they were struggling to get the van wheelchair-accessible," said Lisa Lange, a Lansing native now relocated to Hammond.

Joshua, who turns 16 in September, is getting too big to carry and needs the wheelchair accessible van to get to and from the Crete-Monee Center in Crete where he attends school.

Lange says they need to raise $15,000 to either convert the family's current van or purchase a new one.

"Whatever we can get with what we raise," she said.

Jack's head bartender, Christina Weatherly, says Jim Miketinas is a loyal customer and everyone affiliated with the bar is willing to help out.

"We're looking just to help them out. It's like a family around here, we take care of our own," Weatherly said, adding patrons are helping in any way they can, seeking donations for raffle prizes.

Donations can also be made at any BMO Harris bank to the fund Jack's for Joshua. For tickets email jacksforjoshua@sbcglobal.net or go to Jack's Sport Pub's Facebook page for more information on the fundraiser.

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