Members of an area Program and Planning Committee for Older Adults recently collaborated to enhance the image of active aging in their communities and to help a worthy cause.
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA), in partnership with Abundant Life of Perrysburg, the Maumee Senior Center, and Waterford of Levis Commons challenged each other to raise funds for the Honor Flight Northwest Ohio.
Honor Flight is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization formed in 2007 to send the veterans of Northwest Ohio to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials built to honor their service. To date, 1596 veterans have safely flown on 31 flights to see their memorials.
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates that approximately 1,000 WWII veterans die each day. Due to their deteriorating health, and their financial limitations, most veterans would not be able to see their memorial on their own. It is through the generosity of our volunteers, corporate and individual sponsors, that Honor Flight Northwest Ohio is able to help provide this service to these veterans. With the need for extra funds the Program and Planning committee determined that it would be their mission to have this collaborative project take flight.
Each participating location created an event or events to assist in collecting funds for the project. Waterford at Levis Commons and Abundant Life of Perrysburg held separate “Penny Wars” to collect pennies in a competitive nature and also raise funds. Abundant Life of Perrysburg alone collected $1,734.20.
The Maumee Senior Center held a line dancing event and the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. sold pilot pins for the cause. The effort raised $2,558, which was presented to Honor Flight to continue their mission.
At a ceremony held July 31 at the Wood County Airport, On July 31, Jack Ulery from Abundant Life of Perrysburg; Darcy Mottmiller representing the Wood County Committee on Aging and Don Griffith from Waterford at Levis Commons presented Dave Chilson, an Honor Flight board member with $2, 558.