POTTER -- Runners and supporters are encouraged to take part in events coming soon to support the Potter Legion Hall renovation project.

A Ruck March is planned for April 8. The 10-mile Ruck March will take place in Sidney, Kimball and Potter. Military members and veterans are coming together with their supporters to raise money for the small town legion hall.

As these volunteers go through each of the towns, viewers of the march are welcome to stuff donations into the ruck sacks of these military members.

The Sidney march is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., Kimball at 12:30 p.m. and Potter at 2 p.m.

The Potter Legion Hall was built in 1917 during World War I. It is a main gathering place for the community and offers services to the local veterans. The current state of the hall leaves the building in need of restoration. The community has raised a lot of money for the project, but with more than $400,000 left to raise, veterans and current service members with a connection to the area have decided to help raise the remaining funds.

All volunteers for the “Stuff the Ruck” event are military currently or previously. Some are coming from as far as New York. 

The Potter Historical Foundation is the host of the event, and all of the proceeds will go towards the restoration efforts of the Legion Hall. Supporters of the event so far include George Risk Industries of Kimball and Shirt Tales of Sidney.

"We are looking to get local businesses to donate and do PR photos with us as we go through the streets of Sidney, then Kimball, and then Potter,"said Brandy Stone, organizer of the Ruck March.

Supporters, whether personally or connected to a business, are encouraged to meet us on the streets and put money into our rucksacks. We are issuing receipts to donors for their tax purposes, so they are encouraged to attach their names and phone numbers to their donations as they put them in our ruck sacks. 

"This cause means a lot to the volunteers of this event. We appreciate any donations that are made," said Stone. 

Stone graduated from Potter-Dix High School and enlisted when she was 20 years old. Her parents still live in Potter.

 Concluding the march, rifles from WWII and the stories of local veterans will be on display in Potter for public viewing. A raffle will be held for an opportunity to shoot a World War II gun.

For more information contact Brandy at 308-249-5637.