A benefit chili and hot dog lunch will be held on Saturday, January 18 at the Rolla Lions Club on Highway 63 South. Held by the Warriors Transition Unit Hand Skill Workshop, all proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors at Fort Leonard Wood. From noon until 3 p.m., Wounded Warrior projects will be shown such as leatherworking, music, and art classes.
“What’s happened is there’s a music class that started four years ago. They have to fund themselves; the Wounded Warriors don’t pay for supplies,” Organizer Don Wilson explained. “What I’ve done is opened a bank account with Central Federal and I am finishing getting a 501c3 to raise money for supplies for these classes.”
A four-member board will oversee keeping funds available for former military members at the fort to be able to take these classes at no charge. This will also make funding available for the teachers who have been paying out-of-pocket for supplies.
Wounded Warrior money is used to assist veterans, but does not stay local, One hundred percent of the funding raised through the Warriors Transition Unit will stay at Fort Leonard Wood.
“The Warriors Transition Unit is a former military unit. Everyone in it has received injuries, which occurred in the army. If someone wants to donate through the Wounded Warriors, that money will absolutely not go to supplies. The Warriors Transition Unit will help (with those funds),” Wilson said.
Lion’s Club members have stepped up and will assist with the fundraiser at their park on January 18. A silent auction will be held throughout the day and the event will be a great opportunity for the community to assist veterans who would like to take these classes.
“So far, we’ve raised about $6,000 for these soldiers. I think this will be a great event to help,” Wilson said.
Senator Dan Brown and Representative Jason Smith have been invited to attend and entertainment will be provided throughout the day. Hamburgers, hot dogs, coffee, and other refreshments will be provided to visitors.
The Warriors will be discussing what the group is, how these programs benefit the Warriors, and speaking with visitors. Wilson hopes to draw a large crowd to inform people the importance of supporting these veterans through this program and is dedicated to reducing the cost to the veterans and teachers.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to benefit local injured military members. For additional information, contact organizer Don Wilson at (573) 308-2424.