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Benefit set for EVAC volunteer injured during flood fight

A dinner, silent auction and dance benefit will be held for Shawn O'Donnell from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Teamsters Club in Fargo. O'Donnell was hospitalized March 27, after being hit by a car while volunteering to direct traffic for EV...

Shawn O'Donnell
Shawn O'Donnell stands with Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker on Sunday at the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' game. O'Donnell, an EVAC member, was hit by a car while directing traffic during this spring's flood. Forum file photo

A dinner, silent auction and dance benefit will be held for Shawn O'Donnell from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Teamsters Club in Fargo.

O'Donnell was hospitalized March 27, after being hit by a car while volunteering to direct traffic for EVAC during the 2009 flood fight.

O'Donnell was working the truck route on North University Drive when a speeding car hit him.

He suffered a broken neck, two fractured ankles and a broken wrist.

A halo was placed to stabilize his broken neck and O'Donnell has worn it for the past three months.

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It could take up to a year for O'Donnell to heal, and during his long hospital stay and recovery time his bills have been mounting.

He is employed with the Army and Air Force ROTC program at North Dakota State University.

Admission to the spaghetti dinner is $10; serving starts at 6:30 p.m.

A silent auction will be held from 6-9 p.m. and the dance begins at 8 p.m.

Just the Guys and $2 Pistols will be providing the music.

Donations also can be made by mail, at Shawn O'Donnell Benefit Fund, c/o State Bank and Trust, 409 Sheyenne St., West Fargo, ND 58078.

Or an online donation can be made at www.dakmed.org/lendahand .

Dakota Medical Foundation's Lend a Hand program has agreed to match up to $5,000 of donations.

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For more information, contact Charles or Shawna Dosh at evac24@cableone .

net.

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