Poker run, dinner and auction benefit set for Saturday

2013-05-26T00:00:00Z 2013-05-29T18:51:05Z Poker run, dinner and auction benefit set for SaturdayBy Times Staff
May 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GRIFFITH | A benefit will be held Saturday for Patricia Jongsma, 55, of St. John.

The Patricia Jongsma Poker Run and Benefit will begin  with a motorcycle poker run. Registration starts at 10 a.m., with last bike out at noon at Pick Up's, 2100 Torrence Ave. in Lynwood, Ill. It will end at 5 p.m. at the at the Knights of Columbus, 1400 S. Broad St., Griffith, with a buffet dinner, silent auction, raffles, DJ and more. Participate in the poker run, or come just for the dinner and entertainment.

For ticket information and to order tickets, visit

Jongsma had a brain aneurysm rupture in August and, while healing from surgery, she suffered a heart attack and six strokes. The strokes damaged her vision, balance and short-term memory and she needs 24-hour care, which is provided by her husband, Dan, who has not worked since the day of her aneurysm. 

Proceeds from the benefit will be used for the family's medical bills and living expenses. For more information, visit

After a lengthy hospital stay and a stint at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, she was able to come home before Christmas and now receives outpatient therapy five days a week, six hours a day.

Patricia Perrott grew up in Sauk Village, Ill. and was married to Dan Jongsma married in 1976 and lived in the Lynwood, Ill. area until they moved to St. John in 2008. They have three grown children that live in the area. Her five grandchildren, 2 to 18, call her "Honey" and her friends call her Pat. She worked in the deli at Walt’s in Dyer until her aneurysm.

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