Following the 3rd Annual Toledo Rotary Golf Tournament Fundraiser for South Willamette Valley Honor Flight (serving Lincoln County) held on August 29th at Olalla Golf Course in Toledo, Rotary President Dave Enyeart presented Valerie Benfield, SWVHonor Flight local volunteer coordinator, with a check for $4,835. Enyeart stated this is the best turnout so far and next year Toledo Rotary hopes to double the donation to SWV Honor Flight. Enyeart was a Guardian for a Korea War veteran on the May 2015 Flight and learned first hand what a tremendous experience Honor Flight is for all involved. Benfield thanked Toledo Rotary and said this would enable the organization to send five veterans on the 2016 Flight. “Donations this size are rare for us and SWV Honor Flight is extremely grateful to Toledo Rotary and all the work they do for this yearly fundraiser” stated Benfield.
It costs a little over $1,000 to send each of the veterans to Washington DC for the experience of a lifetime. Guardians and volunteers pay their own way. 45 to 50 veterans are given this opportunity twice a year. To learn more about the program and how you can help and how to place a WWII, Korea and Viet Nam Veteran on the list to go, please visit www.SWVHonorFlight.org or call Valerie Benfield at 541-961-3370.