Brad Fredericks with his Fortune Wheel and Baretta 12-gauge shotgun

Brad Fredericks of Cherokee Village is offering his authentic Fortune Wheel for use at a local fundraiser. The Fortune Wheel was found in the attic of his parent’s home, which was built in the early 1900’s.
“I was told that it came out of one of Al Capone’s speakeasies in Godley, Illinois,” said Fredericks. “My parent’s house was built by an Illinois politician who was rumored to be in cahoots with the underworld.”
Fredericks is also donating his Baretta 12-gauge shotgun for a raffle at the fundraiser to benefit Friends of Cherokee Animals, a nonprofit charity that helps homeless dogs and cats in the tri-county area of Sharp, Fulton and Izard Counties.
The fundraiser is called “Lone Dog Saloon” and is reflective of saloons in the 1800’s. Volunteers are dressing in Wild West costumes and attendees are encouraged to join the fun and wear their western attire while listening to live entertainment provided by Doug McLeod, downing food and drink, and playing Texas Hold’em, Blackjack and the authentic Fortune Wheel. The event is at the Highland Elks Lodge #2539 on July 22 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information call (870) 257-3388.