A pig roast will be held to raise money for Kyle Casler, a local man who was seriously injured in Afghanistan on May 23.

The Jeff Babiarz Memorial Pig Roast, sponsored by the Auburn Elks Lodge #474, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the lodge, on the corner of State and York streets. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance from the lodge or at the door.

All proceeds from food and raffles will go to Casler, who is 23 and had his left foot amputated a foot below the knee following the partial explosion of a roadside bomb he stepped on while on foot patrol in southern Kandahar Province.

"We're local and we're doing this for our local wounded warrior because it's the right thing to do," said Mike Strube, leading knight and chairman of the charity committee at the Auburn Elks Lodge.

Casler has a prosthetic limb and will be recovering from the injury for six to nine more months, said his father, Mark Casler. Kyle Casler has met obstacles along the road to recovery, but is working to get moving on his new leg.

"He's coming along, but he's coming along slowly," Mark Casler said. "It's a long rehabilitation process."

The pig roast will include roast pig, hot dogs, hamburgers, salt potatoes, salads and baked beans. There will be beer and the lodge's bar will be selling other beverages.

Music will be provided free of charge by Perform 4 Promise, a group of music students who, as part of their music study, donate free performances.

Staff writer Kelly Voll can be reached at 282-2239 or kelly.voll@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at CitizenVoll.

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