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Funds raised at Heroes, Horses & Hogs benefits local veterans1/4/2016
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The American Legion Riders were founded in 1993 in Michigan by Chuck "Tramp" Dare and Bill "Polka" Kaledas after an idea was shared to start a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization. The two longtime riders wanted an environment where Legion family members could come together to share a common love for motorcycles. Currently, more than 106,000 American Legion Riders meet in over a thousand chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries. Riders in all states have escorted military units returning home from combat tours overseas, conducted massive cross-country fundraising events for wounded warriors from all services, and have raised millions of dollars for countless local, state and national charities. American Legion Riders chapters are well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children's hospitals, schools, veterans homes, severely wounded service members and scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in the Legion Legacy Run, to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, stabled to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since September 11, 2001.
Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the American Legion Riders of Trier-Puddy, Inc., Post 75 in Fond du Lac, WI.
This year’s show will benefit active and retired military personnel and their families.
Wellington-Washbush Chapter #11 serving Fond du Lac County
The name was chosen in honor of John C. Washbush, killed in action on July 28, 1918 and Albert Welling, killed in action on October 16, 1918. The Welling-Washbush Chapter #11, DAV was organized at a meeting held at the Armory in September, 1936. At that time, The DAV National Headquarters announced that Lawrence Wilson would act as Temporary Commander until October 1; when an election would be held. On October 1, 1936, Lawrence Wilson was elected as Commander of the newly re-organized chapter of Welling-Washbush #11 and the charter was dated October 30, 1936. The first meeting was held at the American Legion Dugout on Brooke Street, in Fond du Lac.
On April 11, 1938, a charter was issued to the newly formed Auxiliary with 18 members on the charter.
The Fond du Lac Chapter is one of the first chapters formed in the state of Wisconsin
Jerry Eaton is the current Commander, Welling-Washbush, FDL Chapter #11.
About the DAV
The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their families.
We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
- Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
- Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
- Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
- Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.
- Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
- Founded in 1920, the DAV is totally funded by dues and contributions, receiving no federal funding.
The 6th annual Heroes, Horses & Hogs - All American Mustang and Harley Show - celebrated American Pride with the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang while honoring fallen, past and present heroes. The event hosted at Open Road Harley-Davidson in Fond du Lac was a great opportunity for Mustang and Harley-Davidson enthusiasts to gather and share their respective passions with $2,500 in proceeds benefiting the Disabled American Veterans of Fond du Lac & Winnebago Counties. This event is unique to the Midwest and is supported by many local businesses including Holiday Automotive, wisnet.com, Open Road Harley-Davidson and Eden Meats & Catering. Since the event's inception in 2009, the event has raised over $17,900 and continues to make a difference in the greater Fond du Lac & Oshkosh areas.