Cedar Rapids benefit approaches for volunteer firefighters

Davenport, Iowa (Oct 9, 2015) — Thanks to both their friends and those who appreciate their work, a benefit in Cedar Rapids will take place soon for two longtime Speedway Fire-Rescue (SFR) volunteer firefighters. They are a husband and wife who have protected and aided hundreds of eastern Iowa and western Illinois racing competitors and Quad City Air Show participants over the years.

Scott Bohannan, SFR president, and his wife Karry, SFR treasurer, were hospitalized with smoke inhalation and suffered a huge loss when their portion of a duplex they lived in with their son Brent at 3rd and Oak streets in Davenport burned Sept. 6. The Bohannans, who have since been released from the hospital, were able to get out of the house with just the clothes on their backs.

SFR and the Lil’ Racer Car Club Inc. are jointly holding a benefit from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Checkers Bar and Grill, 3120 6th St. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

There will be a live auction, silent auction, raffles, 50/50 drawings, a dunk tank and more. A live deejay, Tony Ginther’s Code 3 Productions, will provide music.

SFR is asking for donations of any kind, whether they be for the Bohannans personally or to be raffled or auctioned off at the benefit. Items could include autographed race car door panels, T-shirts, hats and koozies. You may contact the following individuals for more details or to donate:

  • Karri Coyne — Davenport area (563) 370-6446
  • Sarah Slade — Iowa City area (319) 331-5065
  • Jessica Jungling or Eric Jungling — Cedar Rapids area (319) 210-3422/(319) 560-1156
  • Molly Ginther — Dubuque area (563) 580-5790

SFR also has arranged for The Family Credit Union to accept monetary donations for the Bohannans by mail at any of the following locations:

* 1530 W. 53rd St., Davenport, Iowa 52806

* 1400 Rockingham Road, Davenport, Iowa 52802

* 2238 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807

Please make all checks payable to the Bohannan Family Benefit or the Bohannan Family.

SFR is a non-profit 501C3 organization based in Davenport. Roughly 50 volunteers, who are trained in firefighting, vehicle extrication and emergency medical service serve at a drag strip and more than half a dozen auto race tracks in eastern Iowa and western Illinois each year from April through October. They also work at the annual Quad City Air Show each year in Davenport.