Second annual Salute to Veterans is Saturday

BASCOM — The Republican Sons of American Legion Post 404 is hosting its second annual Salute to Our Veterans event Saturday at Meadowbrook Ballroom, 5430 W. Tiffin St., Bascom.

Post Commander Mike Schreiner said the organization was started in 2013 and since then, it has donated more than $40,000 to multiple charities, organizations and school programs in the area. While the group has a few fundraisers throughout the year, he said they’re not to the magnitude of this biggest one the group does throughout the year.

Schreiner said he had the idea for this event after the Patriot’s Day Salute in Tiffin about two years ago commemorating the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11.

“I seen how the community came together and what a great time everybody had and the amount of help it provided to veterans in our area,” he said.

Schreiner said he, himself, is a veteran and he served four years in the U.S. Army, including a 14-month tour in Iraq in 2003-04.

“It’s very important to me as a veteran that we help out veterans in this area,” Schreiner said.

He said money raised from the event is to be donated to Tiffin VFW Post 2858’s Veterans Assistance Fund, Seneca County United Veterans Council and Bloomville All Veterans Memorial Project.

“Like I said, being a veteran, even though you get out (of the service) you’re still always looking out for fellow veterans,” Schreiner said. “It’s important to me and the organization to keep everything local and to keep everything in our area to help veterans so in a time of need, they can get the help they need and for the organizations that help, to have the proper funding in order to do so.”

This year’s event is taking place a day after the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, so the event is going to include a tribute video, Schreiner said. The group also will be presenting three veterans in the area — Charles Giles, Gerald Manning and Jim Noller — with a special award, he said.

“The award is for their service to the country and the community,” Schreiner said.

Three performers are to perform at the event including Clark Manson, Brent Lowry and the Drifters and Eric Sowers Band, he said. There will be a special guest appearance from 100.5 WKXA, a $500 cash raffle drawing, 50/50 drawing and guns provided by Johnson’s Hunting & Fishing, McCutchenville.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and guests must be 18 or older to get into the BYOB event, Schreiner said. Jolly’s is to be there with food available for purchase as well, he said.

Schreiner said he has had help from the Republic Sons of the American Legion and he couldn’t do this event without the group’s support. He said he also has three members of his team that helped him put everything together — Katie Brickner, her husband Andrew Brickner, a fellow veteran, and Justin Depinet.

Schreiner said he wanted to give a special thanks to AB Digital Marketing for media, ticket, flier and website design for the event. He also said the sponsors should be recognized because, without them, the event wouldn’t be possible

“We have about $11,000 in event expenses so without our sponsors this wouldn’t be happening,” Schreiner said.

Premium sponsors are Seneca County National Farmers Organization, Tiffin American Legion Post 169 and Bloomville American Legion Post 434. Other event sponsors include Tiffin Sons of American Legion Post 169, Tiffin AMVETS Post 48, Bettsville American Legion Post 733, Tiffin VFW Post 2858, North Central Electric Cooperative, Phillips Electric, Baumann Chevrolet, New Riegel American Legion Post 354, Behm & Henry Law Services, Hufford Family Funeral Homes, Tiffin Fry Foods and Clouse Construction.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. However, he said there are only about 80 tickets left before the event is sold out. Tickets are sold online at salutetoourvets.com and on the Salute to Our Veterans Facebook page. Tickets also can be purchased at Viaduct Bar and Grille, 84 N. Washington St.; Simply Susan’s, 70 S. Washington St.; Sauced, 7889 W. CR 10, New Riegel; and Sauber’s Stumble Inn, 5921 W. Tiffin St., Bascom.

For more information or to make a donation, call (567) 224-1874.

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