CLINTON — A benefit for Dennis “Clipper” Trenkamp is being planned for Dec. 9 at the Eagle Club, 222 1/2 S. Second St., to help the family defray costs during his rehabilitation period.

Clipper suffered a severe stroke on Sept. 10 and was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. After three weeks at UIHC, he returned to Clinton and currently is staying at Mercy South Hospital undergoing intensive physical therapy.

Clipper is most widely known in the Gateway area as the owner and operator of Clipper’s Barber Shop on North Fourth Street. He is a member of the Clinton Lions Club, AMVETS and the Eagle Club. He has contributed to and participated in many charitable events and plays the part of Santa when area Lions make their annual holiday tour of hospitals, including University of Iowa, Genesis East and West in Davenport and both of Clinton’s Mercy Medical Center campuses.

“He’s a really great guy,” said Bobbi Scherer, one of the many benefit organizers looking to help Clipper and his family. She described him as a generous and kind person.

“He’d just give the shirt off his back for anybody,” Scherer said. “We just thought it would be nice to give something back because he’s just given so much to the community.”

According to Trenkamp’s daughter, Tricia, Clipper is doing well and has recovered enough to be allowed to leave the hospital a couple of times to visit with family at home. He now is in the hospital’s skilled care unit, where he undergoes extensive rehabilitation daily.

“He’s doing the best he can,” Tricia said. “He still has difficulties but he’s doing good.” She added that he is planning to be present at the benefit.

Doctors are not estimating how much function Clipper will regain, but in September Tricia said his left side had been “really affected” by the stroke. It is unknown how long Clipper will remain in the hospital.

The Dec. 9 benefit will feature a dinner, 50/50 raffles, an auction and a silent auction. The dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. with a menu including pork sandwiches, potatoes, salad, chips, dessert and a drink for $5. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or six tickets for $5. The raffle features a third prize of $100, second prize of $200 and the first prize is $300.

Tickets for the raffle will be sold until the auction is over and winners need not be present to win. Dinner and raffle tickets are available at Boegel’s Men’s Wear and will be available at the benefit.

The silent auction will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. and the live auction will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Both will feature a variety of interesting items. In addition, the game “Let’s Make a Deal” will be played at various times throughout the evening and a wheel of prizes will be spun periodically from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Donations will be accepted to assist the benefit. Anyone wishing to donate merchandise for the auction can drop off items at Boegel’s, 412 S. Second St.

Tricia said the Trenkamp family thanks everyone involved in the benefit, whether they have donated time, money or their prayers. She said the well-wishes and assistance efforts mean a lot to the family and they are extremely grateful for any help they receive during this difficult time.