Hillsboro Vets Club announces new fundraising goal for projects

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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 6:00 am

Stalled at $42,500, the Hillsboro Vets Club is rebooting its special projects campaign, hoping post members will recharge the fundraising effort to reach the campaign’s new goal of $80,000.

Commanders of Hillsboro’s two service clubs are mailing letters in the next week enlisting the financial support of Osman-Lane VFW Post 4172 and American Legion Post 4 members, in addition to the posts’ auxiliaries and the local Sons of the American Legion chapter.

The decision was made to concentrate all its efforts on the special projects campaign, in favor of the year-end raffle that has proven successful in recent years, according to Rich Gehrke, VFW post commandeer, and Bob Hebl, American Legion post commander.

“In lieu of the raffle we have been conducting at the end of the year, we’re hoping everyone associated with the Vets Club will support the special projects campaign like they have the $2,000 raffle every year,” said Gehrke.

Gehrke said the club is requesting help now. “We won’t be asking for contributions at the end of the year.”

The trade-off will hopefully finance the parking lot improvement project estimated to cost $20,000 and the replacement of the club’s air conditioning expected to cost $14,000, explained Hebl.

The fundraising campaign already has paid for the club’s new electronic digital sign over the front entrance and new flooring in the interior of the club.

The ambitious campaign of investing in the future of Hillsboro and the club’s place in the city’s business community is a shared vision of the club’s eight directors, in addition to the Legion and VFW posts.  

The directors feel the decision to recharge the fundraising campaign is a proactive but necessary step, Gehrke and Hebl stated in their letter to post members coast to coast.

“They (the directors) are confident of Hillsboro’s future and that of the club and they’re hoping the memberships of the two posts feel likewise,” Gehrke said.

“At the least, the thinking is there are post members who are in a position to help their hometown club.” They answered the call when asked to participate in the year-end raffle, the VFW commander noted.

“We hope they can answer the call again,” added Hebl.

Currently serving on the Vets Club board of directors are Legion members Jody Hams, Kyle Stern, Drew Nathan and Al Ebertowski. Representing the VFW post on the board are Glenn Brustad, Herman DeLeon, Dave Thomas and Jim Beach.

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