Our next edition of the roundup grant takes us to the skies as we look at Honor Flight of the Ozarks, a hub or part of the Honor Flight Network. This non-profit organization is dedicated to sending veterans that served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, or Gulf War to Washington, D.C., where they will spend the day visiting the various monuments dedicated to those who have served our country at no cost to them.
Doing something like this once can be very expensive, but Honor Flight of the Ozarks makes these trips three times a year. "We had a board meeting and found the cost to rent a plane three times a year is $82,000 per trip," told Board Member for Honor Flight of the Ozarks Gary Ellison. "We have to raise all that money locally, and we do not get any state or federal grant money. And what we got from Webster County Electric will go toward those costs."
Outside of grants and donations, the organization will also do fundraisers ranging from car shows and skeet shoots to even a gala dinner with a silent auction. All this goes towards taking these vets to sights that will stay with them for life.
Thanks to Webster Electric's Roundup Grant, fundraising this year is more manageable. Ellison expressed, "we appreciate Denise Holman out at Webster Electric. She was very gracious to us. When we came up and got the check, she said that we got the grant because of the work we do. To help veterans, and that's what we're about."
If you want to donate to this cause or are a vet that would like to attend one of these trips, you can visit Honor Flight of the Ozarks website:www.honorflightoftheozarks.org.
Join us next week as we continue our roundup grant series.
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