Save the Date September 7 , 2024 The Veterans picnic has been scheduled. 10Am to 5:00
We did our duty - now let's enjoy a day together!
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE !
Operation Firm Handshake was dreamed up by Max Valdez and Joe Guereca, as they were talking over a few beers in the Coal City Area Club. Joey, active with veterans in Chicago, mentioned how he would like to have a picnic for his veterans down here. He then said, "Or better yet, a picnic for all veterans and their families - there isn't anything like it in Illinois!" Max liked the idea and said, "I can make that happen".
The annual picnic is held at the Coal City Area Club Pavilion, which is located just 1.4 miles north of IL-113 at the corner of N. Broadway and E. Whitetie Roads.
1500 N. Broadway Road
Coal City, IL 60416
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Operation Firm Handshake would never have taken off without the vision of Joe Guereca and Max Valdez. That vision is sustained by the ongoing generousity of donors from our community and beyond.