Two benefit celebrations are scheduled this week for longtime Fraser Valley resident and U.S. Navy veteran Kevin Long.
The first benefit will take place at the Tabernash Tavern from 5-10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, and the second will be held at the Crooked Creak Saloon at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15.
The benefits are intended to help Kevin "Dawg" Long cross some things off of his bucket list; hence the name "Dawg's Bucket Bash."
Kev Dawg, as he is known by his many friends and co-workers, was recently diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and will soon be taking off of work to cross some things off of his list.
Long was born March 25, 1956, in Rapid City, S.D.
He traveled to and lived in North Dakota and Pennsylvania before returning to South Dakota to graduate high school.
He then attended the University of South Dakota-Vermilion before joining the Navy in 1975.
After completing boot camp in Orlando, Fla., and Radio Man School in San Diego, Calif., he was assigned to the personal staff of Admiral John J. Shanahan, Commander of the Second Fleet and Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.
Long was deployed to the War Games in Europe where he toured England, France, Norway, Ireland, Germany, and Spain.
His tours of Europe were followed by deployment to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
After his time in the service he settled in the Fraser Valley and began a long career of working in the kitchens of numerous restaurant in the area and has been working with Chef Al of the Tabernash Tavern since before its opening in 2008.
"Kevin is a wonderful person and everyone who knows him, loves him," said Shari Shelton.
Kevin is a self proclaimed "political junkie," who enjoys traveling, reading, fishing, and spending time with all of his lifelong friends throughout the Fraser Valley.
Kevin hopes to see the many friends he has in the Fraser Valley as well as anyone who wants to meet and support him.
There will be drink specials and live music at the benefits as well as plenty of fun and laughs.
Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to benefit Kevin "Dawg" Long, "one great guy."