Post 89 donates to Memorial

From left, American Legion Post 89 Commander Jeff Sicz and Adjutant Don Tate are pictured last Wednesday presenting a donation totaling $18,161 to the Veterans Memorial Committee Co-Chairs Fred Smith and Leroy Harrelson. The money was generated through Post 89’s gun raffle.

American Legion Post 89 recently held the 31 in 31 Gun Raffle in March. Algernon Sidney Neal of American Legion Post 89 and Post 89 Adjutant Don Tate conceived, coordinated, and accounted for all aspects of this six-month project to donate funds to the Caswell County Veterans Memorial. Tate says, “This is a monumental undertaking with excellent participation in selling and buying tickets.”

Members from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Caswell County Veterans Memorial, and the community took on the challenge presented by Tate to sell 1,000 tickets. All tickets were sold!

The three top sellers were Tate, American Legion Post 89 Commander Jeff Sicz, and Fred Smith, VFW 7316 Commander and Co-Chair of the Caswell County Veterans Memorial Committee. “This in no way diminishes the effort put forth by people within Caswell County and areas as far away as California to support the cause through purchasing and selling tickets. Many of the tickets were issued to the top sellers, but sold by people they passed the tickets on to,” Tate explains.

Each day during March, a different weapon was awarded to the lucky ticket holder (who was able to win more than once). The winning number was determined by the daily Pick Three Lottery number and winners were notified by Tate of their good fortune.

Post 89 would like to thank Mace Sports in Mebane for its outstanding support and assistance regarding the handling and firearm rules.

Tickets were purchased and sold in numerous states in the country. Adherence to the diverse rules based on each state was crucial.

Algernon Sidney Neal of Post 89 is honored to donate this money to the Caswell County Veterans Memorial fund to build this memorial on the grounds in front of Yanceyville Town Hall on North Avenue. He says, “It is such a 'team effort' approach that earmarks how veterans have fought the battles they've been in, supported their comrades, and have made the military a life style for thousands. Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice must be recognized as often and in as many diverse ways as possible.”