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June 10, 2014

Walk of Support

VFW hopes to raise funds for facility improvement

WEATHERFORD — By SALLY SEXTON

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4746 has been in its current location on Zion Hill Road since the 1950s. And  one young couple is looking to update the facility to make it more family-friendly and get more of the public involved.

“It’s a nice place. When I first went in there about a few years ago, I really took a liking to it. They do a lot of good things,” Kelly Rogers said. “But it’s time to bring it into the 20th century.

“The last four years or so, there really hasn’t been a lot of growth. And if we want to bring our 3-year-old son in, it needs to be a more family-friendly place.”

Rogers and her husband, Justin, a trustee with the post, have some plans to update the facility, but are lacking one major factor — funding.

In order to help raise money for updates, the Rogers, as well as Carla Carnley, president of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary and Rogers’ mother-in-law, are hosting a ‘Walk of Support’ Saturday at the Weatherford Ninth Grade Center track from 9-11 a.m.

“We’re hoping to have military recruiting offices out and of course there will be post members to talk with people and help sign up any military members that might be interesting in joining,” Carnley said. “There will be booths for the post, the ladies’ auxiliary and the men’s auxiliary as well.

“You can’t reach people without reaching out.”

Cost per person to walk will be $25 and includes a ‘Walk of Support’ T-shirt. Donations will also be accepted and bottled water will be available.

“We’re just trying to take baby steps and help get the VFW motto out there — to support our veterans and troops of today,” Rogers said. “This is more about the recognition of the post and letting people know what we’re about than it is the money.”

Over the last few months, Rogers and Carnley have helped raise about $400, and hope to get somewhere around $1,000 through Wednesday’s event.

In addition to updates to the post, the VFW is also planning more family events, including a Family Fun Day in the upcoming months.

To get involved or find out more information, contact Rogers at piper7300@yahoo.com.

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