National Guardsman organizes fundraiser to benefit first responder families

2014-03-27T11:49:00Z National Guardsman organizes fundraiser to benefit first responder familiesCarrie Steinweg | Times Correspondent
March 27, 2014 11:49 am  • 

LANSING | Mike Sanow of Lansing has seen first hand the difficulties placed on the family of a first responder when there is an injury. His step-brother, Del Pearson, was shot in the line of duty as a Chicago police officer two years ago.

Sanow, who is currently with the Illinois Army National Guard and has served two overseas deployments, and Pearson appeared last Friday on WGN-TV’s midday news to talk about the organization Sanow formed after his brother was injured.

The organization is called the Illiana Network and it is a nonprofit foundation created to assist the families of EMTs, firefighters, law enforcement, military personnel and veterans who are injured or killed in the line of duty by offering monetary donations for emergency relief and educational scholarships.

On Friday, the Illiana Network will host a fundraiser at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, Ill., starting at 7 p.m.. A buffet, beverages and entertainment are included in the ticket price. Door prizes and silent auctions will be part of the fundraising.

NBC 5 news anchor Dick Johnson will emcee the event. Additional celebrity guests are expected including some former NFL players.

The event tickets are $35 in advance, or $30 with a badge, military ID or proof of Veteran Status. Tickets cost $40 at the door. To purchase tickets online or donate to the cause, go to

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