Fundraiser pushes WC Challenger Charities near goal

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WC Challenger Charities raised $13,000 Saturday night at a dinner fundraiser benefiting the Military Warrior Support Foundation and its Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program.

“Funds have been collected to provide three homes, and the goal is to raise $100,000 to provide five homes,” said Andrew Rottner, who is heading up the charity drive.

He said the money raised Saturday brings them within $20,000 of their goal.

Saturday’s event was held at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. Keynote speaker was retired Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, founder and chief executive officer of Military Warriors Support Foundation. He is a former deputy commander of the 49th Armored Division of the U.S. Army and former Commander of the Texas State Guard.

Two veterans who have received homes through the program also spoke at the event – Jeremiah Frost and Brandon Blackstone.

“I have never been so blessed in my entire life,” Blackstone said. “They have a wonderful financial mentoring program to help you move forward in life.”

Sisco said 312 homes have been given to the veterans through the program at a value of $74 million. Sixty of those homes have been built in Texas since 2007.

“This $100,000 that you are trying to raise will allow us to give away homes valued between $1 and $2 million,” Sisco said.

Rottner said the homes would be presented during the J.W. Hart PBR Championship June 8. Major donors so far include: North Texas Bank and its directors, James Wood Motors, Roy and Jeannine Eaton, Stephens Bastian & Cartwright Insurance, Simpson, Boyd & Powers attorneys, Jeff Sicking of Prime West Mortgage, and Wendell Berry Jr., who has pledged to run 1,000 miles to raise money for the organization.

The Rev. Ken May, pastor of First Baptist, was host for the event attended by 170 people. Church staff member Gerre Joiner brought the crowd to its feet with his rendition of “I’m Proud to Be an American.”

Also, special guests at the event were members of the Decatur Fire Department and Wise County EMS on-duty crews.

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