Once again Mike Schumacher's "Kenosha Military Surplus" has out done himself by contributing the proceeds of the sale of this patch to the chapters Wounded Warrior Fund. Mike (a former Marine) has been a huge supporter of the chapter for years donating T-Shirts, Hats, and money from the sale of military surplus to our chapter. Located on 39th Street next to the U-Haul store, Mike offers a great selection of new and used military articles. If he doesn't have what you are looking for, he can get it for you regardless of branch of service!
We have had a pretty eventful Spring with some new and old fund raisers. The Tremper High School Baseball Team has been putting on a charity baseball game every spring to support the wounded warriors. This year, they presented Nick with a check for $1,564.88 which was raised from the game!
One of my former students opened a war gaming shop in down town Kenosha. This year he sponsored a 72 hour D-Day war gaming event which covered all aspects of the actual D-Day invasion. The difference being that the German side didn't suffer under the handicap of having Hitler calling the shots from Berlin. The "commander" of the German units could act freely and possibly change history! Fun for old and young, they had over 300 participants over the three days and raised $110.00 for the cause of the wounded warriors. I contributed an 82nd Jump jacket, Ike Jacket from the ETO and a German Kriegsmarine Coast Artillery tunic to add to the flavor of the event. Proprietor Ken Horton plans additional events to raise funds for our chapter. If you get down to Kenosha, stop in and see what they are up to. They don't limit themselves to WW2, they also have Dungeon & Dragons and other miniatures for sale.
A new (old) toy shop opened up in Kenosha and started out his grand opening by sponsoring a fund raiser for our chapter's wounded warrior fund! In addition to having chapter members on hand to answer questions about the wounded we support, he also had Dr. Destruction and his crew of Ghouls on board to film it for his Friday Fright Night program here in Kenosha! The two day event brought in $110.00 for the cause and the owner Mike Thompson will also be sponsoring additional events to raise funds for the chapter's wounded warrior fund. If you are dropping over to get a Burger and Root Beer Float down at the Spot, stop over at the old Toys shop and check out his selection of collectable toys that you or your parents probably threw out and are now worth big bucks!! If you are looking to recapture the past, this is a great place to start!
Father Rischoli came to us with a great idea for a fund raiser! His company, "Holy Spirits Wine" is going to produce a product line that will celebrate the five branches of service. A different variety of wine for each branch and from every bottle sold, the Chapter will receive a dollar for the Wounded Warrior Fund. Father Dom is teaming with Festival Foods (Sponsor of the Hero's Cafe in Kenosha) sometime next month to launch this product line. This will be an on going fund raiser for the chapter and will cover not just Kenosha, but all over the State! Naturally we chose the image of Saint Michael (Patron Saint of Paratroopers) to represent the Chapter for this promotion. We are also hopeful that with the additional coverage, we will get additional donations to the cause. Was this Divine Guidance?????