When Valrico native Bridget Jenkins-Wilson returned home from escorting her World War II veteran on a daytrip to D.C. with Honor Flight in October, she knew that her involvement with the non-profit organization was just beginning.
Honor Flight of West Central Florida has taken on the mission to fly every local World War II veteran to Washington, D.C. on a free day trip to see their memorial. Each veteran is paired with a local guardian whose sole purpose for the day is to pamper the veteran, listen to their stories and return them home safely.
Jenkins-Wilson and father, Roger, were both guardians together on the October flight which took 80 WWII vets and 80 guardians on a day trip of a lifetime.
“This is one of the most meaningful and incredible things I have ever done,” described Jenkins-Wilson.
“When we got home and I found out there are 300 more WWII veterans on waiting lists waiting for the opportunity to participate in this trip, I knew we needed to do something.”
So Jenkins-Wilson and her family business, Cardinal Roofing, committed to hosting a Sporting Clays Events at FishHawk Sporting Clays on Saturday, March 22, at 9 a.m. to support the Mission #18, May 24 flight for 80 additional WWII veterans.
Sponsorships start at $100 for a Station Sponsor to have signage at a shooting station, other sponsorships are also available. Goodie bag items and raffle baskets also welcome. In addition, Veteran Ribbons are available for $20 for display around the event in honor of local veterans.
The event is presented by Cardinal Roofing Cares, supporting local charities. Breakfast will be sponsored and catered by Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village and Chick-fil-A Brandon. Website design has been sponsored by Tina Newberry Designs, printing provided by Minuteman Press and additional sponsorships by Fred Astaire Dance Studio and Clark Air Systems.
The event will include an auction, breakfast, shoot, lunch, awards and raffles. Teams that sign up by February 14 receive a discount. Call 478-7663 to donate or register.