Photo by Kathy Tobin
Tomahawks Wurl-Feind-Ingman VFW Post 2687 works on behalf of veterans year-round. That focus also is evident during the Tomahawk Fall Ride when a MASH theme symbolizes their efforts for and on behalf of veterans. Donations continue to break records, particularly for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, which helps fund free flights to Washington, D.C., so World War II, Korea and Vietnam era veterans can tour the city to see the monuments built in their honor. Earlier this summer, the local VFW post turned over another combined donation of $4,000 to Jim Campbell, co-founder and a vice president of the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, Inc., and $1,000 to Bob Bolz, representing the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundations Camp Hackett, Phillips, which provides hunting and fi thing opportunities for Purple Heart recipients. The money came from: Prince of Peace, $600; Sydney Michalski and Addison Bartz, who raised $673 through a basket raffl e held in conjunction with a meat raffl e at Tomahawk Lodge; St. Marys School students who netted $609 through various fundraisers, including 25-cent popcorn sales and jean Fridays; and meat raffl es and other VFW post events. Always amazed, Campbell noted the local VFW is the top VFW in 13 counties and has, in fact, donated enough money as of that time to fl y 97 veterans an airplane full to the nations capital. The total sits at $48,626, he said. Additional funds are expected to be donated during or shortly after this weeks Fall Ride as the VFW hosts downtown activities in recognition of veterans along with a MASH Blood Drive Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Breakfast With A Vet from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, both at the VFW Hall, 203 S. 4th St. Shown in front are Michalski and Bartz; back
from left, St. Marys School Principal Rita Lee, Lindsay Albright from St. Marys, Campbell, VFW Commander Gerald Dvorak, Kathryn Loka and Judy Koshak from St. Marys.