Benefit to honor local soldier critically injured in Iraq

Benefit to honor local soldier critically injured in Iraq (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Mid-State community will come together Sunday to honor a local soldier critically injured in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Charles “Chaz” Allen lost both his legs in an explosion on January 22.

He will return to Middle Tennessee Saturday after undergoing months of extensive and painful rehab and surgeries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.

Sunday, Valentino's Italian Ristorante is hosting a benefit dinner and silent auction at Bella Napoli Pizzeria, located next to Taco Mamacita in Edgehill Village.

Jason Connor is the general manager of the restaurant and is a former soldier. He told Nashville's News 2 he has never met the injured soldier, but is looking forward to the event.

“He's just so inspiring and such a courageous man that you can't even put into words,” Connor said.

He continued, “We're [going to] make sure the soldier gets the homecoming he deserves and drive him here Sunday for the fundraiser.”

The event is scheduled to begin at 12 Noon and Allen is planning to attend.

Thanks to generous donors, 100% of the proceeds will go to Team Allen, which will help the family build a new home with a bedroom for Allen and his wife, Jessica, on the first floor.

“His current home in Clarksville has all of the bedrooms on the second floor, being a double amputee and although he's climbing stairs to strengthen his body, we want to build him a new single story home,” Connor explained.

The fundraiser at Bella Napoli is sold out, but donations can still be made at Heritage Bank located at 3845 Trenton Road in Clarksville.

Read more about Team Allen online at

For more information about Sunday's event, call Valentino's General Manager Jason Conner at 615-327-0148.

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