Updated: Mar 14
The Semper Fi Community Task Force (SFCTF) fundraiser, A Salute to Service – Honoring Our Heros was held March 11 at the Von Braun Center, North Hall. Jeff and Faye Wishik were members of the event committee. Jeff Everdyke volunteered as AV support and Nancy Everdyke assisted with event setup. Bill Holtzclaw, Ted and Betty Whitney and Bill and Louise Olszewski also attended.
The keynote speaker was Kirstie Ennis, a Marine helicopter gunner who was medically retired due to injuries inflicted when her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on June 23, 2012. A video was shown illustrating her journey of recovery. Kirstie’s presentation was very moving detailing the good times as well as the not so good. After her leg was amputated, Kirstie embraced outdoor activity as a key element in her recovery. In fact, she is on track to scale the Seven Summits (highest peaks on each continent as a means of fundraising and raising awareness for a variety of causes through her organization, The Kirstie Ennis Foundation. Adding to her athletic accomplishments is her induction into the 2020 International Sports Hall of Fame recently.
The pictures are of Ted Whitney and Bill Olszewski presenting Kirstie Ennis with our Challenge Coin and of Nancy Everdyke presenting Richard Knight and Arthur Hullet, both WWII vets, with Challenge Coins. Both veterans are in their late 90’s and still enjoy participating in veteran sponsored events.