MT. VERNON – The Fourth of July was David Schreiber's favorite holiday.
Every year around that time, he would host a massive cook-out for family and friends at his Mt. Vernon home. The party would last all day long and would include volleyball and softball games and a wealth of other activities.
Schreiber passed away from lung cancer Feb. 24, but family members are hoping to carry on his celebratory spirit by hosting a special benefit this Saturday at 1801 Harlan Road. Proceeds from the event will go toward Schreiber's funeral expenses, as well as a donation to the American Lung Association.
“This would've been the weekend he would've had (his celebration) this year,” said Davina Overbey of Mt. Vernon, Schreiber's daughter. “It was always the weekend before the Fourth of July unless the holiday fell on the weekend. … Dad was always a very big family man.”
The benefit will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and will feature live music, food and games, a silent auction, and raffle drawings.
A poker run is also scheduled that morning starting at 1801 Harlan Road. Sign-up for the run is at 9 a.m. and the riders take off at 9:30 a.m. The cost for the run is $10 for one motorcycle, and $5 more for an additional rider.
David Schreiber, a retired truck driver, was diagnosed with lung cancer over three years ago. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment, but his health declined quickly during the last six months of his life.
“He always had family reunions here on the Fourth,” said Dee Schreiber, David's wife of 35 years. “That's why we chose this weekend – to commemorate his memory.”
In addition to his strong commitment to family, David was also a very giving and kind man, Overbey said. After he retired and as his health allowed, he became a dedicated day care provider to his grandchildren, Overbey said.
“He was definitely the men of all men to me,” Overbey said of her father. “I held my dad up on a very high pedestal. … He was an awesome person.”
The live band Saturday, Isolated Incident, will play from 1 to 3 p.m. The silent auction will last from around noon to 4:30 p.m. Auction items, which were donated from local businesses, will include knife sets, window cleaners, automotive supplies, gift certificates, sporting event tickets, and more.
There were also be several big-ticket items for the raffle drawings, including a large Craftsman toolbox and a $150 gift certificate to Once Upon a Lifetime Photography.
Dee Schreiber said she will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, and chips Saturday at no charge. However, there will be a donation jar available for contributions.
Family members do not have a specific fundraising goal in mind, but are optimistic about the benefit. Donating to the American Lung Association is a very important part of this effort so that other people in need can be helped, Overbey said.
“We want to give back to someone else also,” Overbey said.
David and Dee Schreiber have one child together – Davina Overbey. However, Dee also has two children from a previous marriage – Tammy Melvin of Du Quoin and Artie Highfill of Mt. Vernon.
For more information on the benefit, contact Dee at 231-4207, Davina at 237-3203, or Tammy at 790-4129.