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McNally's Taproom in downtown Hillsboro holds fundraiser Nov. 11

Jim McNally prides himself on helping veterans.

Having served in the United States Marine Corps alongside his late brother Billy from 1983 to 1990, and after seeing his father Frank serve for 11 years from 1959 to 1970, the owner of McNally’s Taproom in downtown Hillsboro understands the life of a vet — and recognizes the challenges they face.

To address those challenges, and to give back in a positive way, McNally will hold a second annual Veteran’s Day fundraising event at his taproom at 4 p.m., 370 E. Main St., on, Nov. 11.

Last year, McNally raised around $300 for Homes for Our Troops, a national organization that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.

“The opportunity to give back to others — to call attention not just for recognition of their sacrifice and service, but for assistance — motivates me,” McNally said.

During the event, McNally will feature brews from Victory Brewing Company and Vertigo Brewing, each of which donated one keg for the event.

McNally plans to donate 100 percent of the revenue generated from those donated kegs to Homes for Our Troops’ general fund — potentially around $1,000.

At the start of the event, McNally will show a Homes for Our Troops video to showcase the organization’s work and raise awareness of its cause.

Since having been introduced to it, McNally has firmly stood behind the organization’s admirable objective.

In fact, his pledge to support US military veterans has earned McNally recognition by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

On Nov. 10, the USMC’s birthday, the Hillsboro Chamber will honor local businesses at a luncheon event for their commitment to cooperate with respect to enlisted service members’ schedules and needs, particularly as it applies to the National Guard and reserves.

Beyond being a veteran himself, “I’m compassionate for vets because of my upbringing,” McNally said.

Serving as a USMC first lieutenant during the first Gulf War, manning artillery and transport units, gave McNally an insight and perspective unique to veterans.

“Veterans, particularly the younger kids who’ve deployed to the Middle East since 9/11, give so selflessly,” McNally said. “And the threats they face are entirely different today.”

For more information on McNally’s Taproom, the event, or Homes for Our Troops, visit McNally’s website at mcnallystaproom.com.


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