Cold beer on a Friday night. A pair of jeans that fit just right. It must be time for the 2019 Craig Curless Memorial Chicken Fry!

The 10th Annual Craig Curless Memorial Chicken Fry will take place this Friday Jul 5 from 4 – 11 p.m. at its original location, The Doc’s Inn (985 Ave of the Cities Silvis).

Make plans to come out and enjoy live music, kids’ activities, a 50/50 drawing, raffle items, a wine pull and of course – fried chicken dinners for purchase!

Raffle items will include some amazing things, such as a wine fridge, fire pit, grill, Cubs basket, UTHS spirit wear baskets and much more!

Live music will be provided by Charley Murphy at 5 p.m. and Easy Riders at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Luminaries will take place at 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy all of this for only a $10 donation at the door (kids under 18 are free).  All funds raised will go towards suicide awareness in the community.

Craig Curless tragically passed in 2009. He was a graduate of United Township High School class of 2006. Craig had been serving his apprenticeship with the Iron Workers Local 111, Rock Island, IL. In 2006, Craig was the Western Big 6 pole vault champion. He always liked to soar high and had no fear. That is why he loved being an iron worker. He lived each day to the fullest. His friends were always at his side, starting another crazy project. Craig brought joy to each person he met with his contagious smile and his soft-hearted personality. He cared so much for his family and friends.

Doug Curless, Craig’s big brother, shares the deep meaning of this annual event, “The Craig Curless Memorial Chicken Fry started 10 years ago when our family was blindsided by suicided. Our mission has been to get people to talk about the epidemic in hopes that another family was saved from dealing with the hurt we faced. We do this to encourage others to talk about suicide through remembering the loved ones that we have lost.”

One of Craig’s favorite songs was ‘Chicken Fried’ by Zac Brown Band, before he passed. His family decided to commemorate his life by holding this Chicken Fry to not only remember the life of an amazing young man lost too soon, but to help others in need.

It’s funny how it’s the little things in life that mean the most. Not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes. There’s no dollar sign on a piece of mind this I’ve come to know. So if you agree have a drink with me at the 2019 Craig Curless Memorial Chicken Fry this Friday night!

For more information on this year’s event and for information on other local events to help raise awareness about suicide, visit the Craig Curless Memorial Page on Facebook.

Tess Abney is a freelance writer who was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She spends most of her time attempting to successfully raise three boys. In her free time, writing is her passion. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.