For your support
In March, a small group came together with the blessing and help of Main Street USA to bring Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band to the Shrimp Festival.
More importantly, this was to include inviting and paying the expenses of seriously wounded Afghanistan and Iraq veterans and their caregivers to a four-day weekend of seminars, speaking engagements, 5K runs and a 25-mile bike ride.
The first challenge was to raise more than $65,000. This was expanded to $75,000. We actually raised more than $100,000.
When all of the expenses are paid any excess will go to the Independence Fund, a 501(c)3 organization, which has no paid employees, to pay for state-of-the-art equipment for our wounded warriors.
The weekend would not have been possible without the help of: Carteret Street United Methodist Church, the Baptist Church of Beaufort, First Presbyterian Church, city of Beaufort staff, Beaufort Police Department, Beaufort Fire Department, Budget Print, Jerry Ashmore and The Greenery, Waste Pro.
Anne Guthrie, Little Red Dog, AMBUC, AMVETS, the Forgotten Sons, Beaufort High Interact, The Young Marines, the Sun City Quilters, the Sun City Veterans Association that picked up the veterans and caregivers at the Savannah and Charleston airports, Palmetto Breeze, the Beaufort Inn.
The Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and those who worked so hard fundraising, selling T-shirts and wristbands, fixing gift bags for the veterans, decorating, and many other jobs. If I have left out anyone or any group, please forgive me.
Donnie Ann Beer
To our community
Beaufort recently hosted nearly 50 severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their caregivers.
Beaufort demonstrated superb Southern hospitality by opening its homes, schools and churches; providing transportation; buying and selling T-shirts and wrist bands on Bay Street and throughout the community; and donating carriage rides, boat tours, and other Lowcountry getaways for these veterans.
You donated special cycles, and rode, ran, walked, cheered, laughed, cried, golfed, hugged, and gave time and money so these wounded warriors would have a chance to get away to a special place for just a few days. This is the Beaufort way.
As just a few of the hundreds of volunteers, we can attest to the fact that these special guests who gave so much were overwhelmingly grateful for Beaufort's love.
Several of our guests stated that they were moving to Beaufort because of your sense of community and compassion.
Thank you, Beaufort.
Courtney and Jack Carter Worrell