Money raised through raffles, events
By Chris Fish
PALM BAY -- In an attempt to help the community with charitable contributions, the Charles F. Thomas IV Squadron 117 of the Sons of the American Legion presented a monetary donation to the Brevard Special Olympics last month.
On Thursday, Dec. 13, Sqaudron 117 presented a check for $3,300 at the Charles F. Thomas American Legion Post 117 in Palm Bay. The donation consisted of proceeds raised during events sponsored by the squadron.
Richard Kissinger, the chaplain for the squadron, said this is the first donation the squadron has made to the Brevard Special Olympics.
"I have a special interest with the Special Olympics because my nephew participated in the Special Olympics in Kansas City, (when he was younger). He passed away last year at 61," he said. "Our group wanted to do something special for the community and this was a great way to that."
The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disability, organizers said.
Mr. Kissinger said the squadron raised the funds through donations made to the squadron by members within Post No. 117 in Brevard and the help of local businesses.
"We went to different businesses in the area and asked for a gift card or certificate," he said. "We raffled those off. With that and the donations, we made $3,000. We also made $300 at the Christmas parade by charging $3 for parking."
Sons of the American Legion includes males of all ages, whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. Military. The organization is divided into a state and local level, where they participate in community services.
Mr. Kissinger said that the squadron decided to donate the funds to the Brevard Special Olympics to keep the funding local. If the organization had donated the funds raised to the state, the money would have been distributed by population, he said.
Next year, Mr. Kissinger said the squadron hopes to make another donation to the Special Olympic, but said the group hopes to raise more funds the second time.
"We want to go bigger and better and get the women's division of our Post to get involved and get corporate sponsors," he said.
The Charles F. Thomas IV Squadron 117 of the Sons of the American Legion is located in Palm Bay. For those interested in membership, contact the organization via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.