HARRIS - The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight was the beneficiary of the "Spring Break-Out," a fund-raiser held at the Island Resort and Casino and sponsored by Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson of Marquette. Ticket sales, raffles, silent auctions, bucket raffles and activities throughout the evening helped to raise $4,125 in funds.
More than 65 businesses and individuals throughout the U.P. donated products, trips, services and cash to make this event a success.
Paula Waeghe, of the U.P. Honor Flight Committee, said, "I was so pleased with the variety of the people who attended the event. It wasn't only bikers, but so many people from the community as a whole who recognize the value of our veterans' sacrifice."
A check for $4125 was presented to the U.P. Honor Flight from a fund-raiser sponsored by Bald Eagle Harley Davidson of Marquette. Pictured are: from left, Peggy O’Connell, SignUP & Positively! who assisted in marketing the event; Paula Waeghe, Skradski Family Funeral Homes representing the U.P. Honor Flight; and Darby and Al Ison, owners of Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson.
The U.P. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all of their sacrifices. They transport the country's heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans World War II survivors, along with those veterans who may be terminally ill. Korean War veterans may also apply, but priority is given to those who served in WWII.
The Tour of Honor is free; airfare, meals, deluxe tour bus, t-shirt and other items are provided at no cost to the veteran.
"This was our second annual Break-Out, and we couldn't be happier with the response of the business community and the attendees! It was a fun night, and we look forward to sponsoring the same event this time next year," said Darby Ison of Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson. "We want to thank everyone who donated and bought tickets."
Harley-Davidson also supports current veterans: beginning in 2007, the Harley-Davidson Foundation and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization have come together to help veterans move forward. Harley's Heroes brings DAV's mobile service offices to Harley-Davidson dealerships and other locations across the USA, providing important counseling and assistance to veterans and their families, helping them to access the full range of benefits available.
Since 2007, the Harley-Davidson Foundation has committed $2 million to this effort, and successfully helped tens of thousands of veterans along the way.
Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson, Upper Michigan's only Harley-Davidson dealer, participates in many of Harley-Davidson's programs and was honored to be able to contribute this donation on behalf of Upper Peninsula residents.