Thursday, February 23, 2012

Taylor Richmond Dance to benefit wounded alum, veteran

Alumnus Josh Misiewicz, a Marine veteran who was severely injured this past summer while serving in Afghanistan, has been named the recipient of the 12th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance, planned for Saturday, March 24. The public is invited to this formal dance, which features the Johnny Holm Band.

Marine Lance Corporal Misiewicz grew up in La Grange, Ill., where he was a well-known hockey star. He attended Saint Mary’s for two years before pursuing his passion to become a U.S. Marine.

In July, his life changed in a flash: a landmine exploded and he suffered the loss of both legs and two shattered eardrums. He recovered at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, where his positive attitude and enduring spirit served as an example to others.

Misiewicz received the Purple Heart medal this past fall.

Even though the federal government covers Misiewicz's medical expenses, the family is facing many other long-term costs including transportation, home improvements, and a hand-controlled vehicle.

To make a donation, send checks — payable to the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance — to Lance Thompson at Campus Box 1528.

Donations to the silent auction, planned for March 22-23, are needed by March 16 and can be picked up or sent to the Student Activities Office, Toner 5, Box #1528.