Fundraiser Saturday for the Wounded Warrior Project
This was the scene Saturday, June 5, on the main drag in Fairfield. At Patti’s Shear Magic beauty salon, a group of dedicated folks were holding a porkburger fundraiser to benefit a wonderful cause: the Wounded Warrior Project.
Patti Owen, proprietor of the salon, and her husband Mark, who is a retired Marine, have a daughter, Candice, who is an Air Force officer currently serving in Afghanistan. The hospital where Candice is stationed recently came under heavy fire. Candice, who runs the clinic and was working with injured service members, was telling her mom, via Skype, what that experience was like. One of the young Marines Candice was helping treat had lost both legs and an arm. In recovery, he was begging Candice to give him enough morphine that would end his life, as he didn’t feel he could go on so disabled. Candice assured him that all would be well, and went on to tend to other patients, but the young Marine haunted her. When she told her mom about it, Patti said to herself she thought she needed to do something to help people so affected. She went on an internet search and found Wounded Warrior, which, after extensive research, she believed was a very worthy cause.
The porkburger cookout, therefore, was a twofold operation: it raised money to support Wounded Warrior, and it showed Candice and her entire unit, working so hard to keep our military doing their job and to bring the wounded home safe, that there are people who really do care.
Above, Dennis Lousig-nont mans the grill while Mark Owen oversees. Dennis said he learned to grill so well when he was stationed and in Galveston, Texas. He was very clear that he did not grill porkburgers at that time, however, as “they don’t have pigs in Texas”…it’s all BEEF.
Jackie White scoops out jumbo hot dogs for the grill; Mark had to make two trips over to Save-A-Lot to pick up more porkburgers, jumbo dogs and buns because of the crowd that showed up for the fundraiser.
One of the Disabled American Veteran’s van is memorialized to Jackie’s husband, Mike Mitcheff. There were two vans on site at the fundraiser, as shown below, with the DAV assisting in the activity.
Above, Lisa Konopasek stands in line behind little Sara McGehee, age 5, will Sara’s order is filled. (Both Patti and Ang went to school with Lisa from about middle school on; it was nice for everybody to temporarily get together!) Taking money for the event is George Coble in the blue shirt; he’s with DAV.
Below, Patti, along with Mark’s mom, Mary Tjaden, man the bake sale table (everybody in Patti’s and Mark’s families are OUTSTANDING cooks, with Patti’s mom, Shirley Byars, having produced a very popular cookbook, Mrs. B’s Recipes, a couple of years ago, as well as being a Home Ec teacher for years).
And below is a photo of the Lieutenant who has made her parents so proud, Candice Owen, who will be back from Afghanistan this summer, just in time for her wedding at Scott Air Force Base in August.
There will be more photos in the print version, on stands next Monday-Wednesday, June 14-16!
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