On Tuesday, September 11th, Globe University Wausau got the chance to present a
much appreciated and large (both in monetary size and physical size) check to The
Never Forgotten Honor Flight. This monetary donation, raised at the 2nd Annual Emergency Services Day in conjunction with National Night Out, will aid in sending local Wisconsin veterans on a trip to Washington D.C. to see the monuments that have been constructed in their honor, as well as other important sites such as the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the Pentagon. There is no fee to the veterans to take the trip, though the cost per veteran is roughly $500, and with approximately 100 veterans on each flight, the funding needs to come from somewhere. This is where Globe comes in.
Globe Wausau and Criminal Justice Program Chair, Colleen Handrick, have taken up the task of helping these deserving veterans make the trip to Washington for the second year in a row, and have no intention of stopping now. August 7th marked the 2nd Annual Emergency Services Day held to honor those who so bravely serve, and have served, our country and our community, with proceeds going to The Never Forgotten Honor Flight, to ensure that veterans know exactly how much their sacrifice is still appreciated, even 60 years later.
The Honor Flights first trip was taken in November of 2009, and will be taking two trips
this fall, September 24th and October 22nd, to bring their flight total to ten flights for local veterans.
The Emergency Services Day and National Night out event boasted speeches by one of the
organizers of the Honor Flight, Pat Puyleart and Board of Directors member, Jim Campbell, as well as former Honor Flight participant and Korean War Veteran,
Billy Fergot and his daughter and flight chaperone, Janet Fergot. Police officers, firefighters and emergency responders were on hand with their vehicles. A raffle of prizes ranging from gift cards to local restaurants to hotel stays, and from purses to hand crafted items such as welcome signs and even wood carvings made and donated by a local veteran and Honor Flight participant,Harvey Krueger, were up for grabs.
Through raffles, food sales, games, a dunk tank and bouncy house, donations and more, a total of $3,500 was raised during this year’s event. That will sponsor the trip of a
lifetime for 7 veterans on the Honor Flight’s trip in October.
Organizer, Colleen Handrick, expressed her gratitude and appreciation for all those involved in the success of this years’ event, “We are very fortunate at Globe University to have such caring students, faculty and staff to continue their support for this worthy organization.”
Colleen and Globe University presented the check to the organizers of The Never
Forgotten Honor Flight on Tuesday, September 11th at 5:00 pm at the
Wausau Campus of Globe University in Rothschild during an Open House Event.
For more information on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, how to nominate a deserving
veteran, to apply to be a chaperone, or to donate to this incredible cause,
visit their website at http://www.neverforgottenhonorflight.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Never-Forgotten-Honor-Flight-Inc/237417916196.