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Members from American Legion Post 35 raise funds for non-profits

By Staff | Sep 13, 2012

On Sunday afternoon, Dale Wertman, President of the American Legion and members of Post #35 in Hughesville presented a check for $536 to Joanne Sauers from the Walk On Foundation, Inc. based in Milton. The money will be used for special beds for autistic children.

HUGHESVILLE – For the past two years it has become a mission for the Hughesville American Legion Post #35 to raise funds for non-profit organizations so that others can have a better chance in life.

On Sunday afternoon members presented a check for $536 to Joanne Sauers from Millflinburg and secretary for the Walk On Foundation, Inc. that is based in Milton. “We are pleased that she was able to come today and accept this,” said Pat Wilson, Treasurer for the local American Legion.

The Walk On Foundation, Inc. was established to provide medical equipment, safety devices and financial assistance to those who need it most. The organization was started in April of 2006 by Joshua Richard with the intent of raising money for Multiple Sclerosis by hosting a band festival. The Walk On Foundation soon became a source to help those with basic medical needs, and since then has helped individuals acquire wheelchairs, air purifiers for asthma victims, and assisting with a lung transplant. “This money will go towards special beds for autistic children,” announced Sauers. Five years ago the foundation officially became a non-profit organization whose mission is to supply medical needs for children and families who can’t afford it according to Sauers. “This check will be able to purchase about four special beds. We are so thankful,” Sauers said as she accepted the check from President, Dale Wertman.

The money was raised during a Poker Run and silent auction held August 11. “Each year we try to have a charity ride, and choose a different organization,” said Wertman. Last year the Hughesville American Legion contributed to the Huntsman Foundation and Hospital for melanoma research and bone cancer. The group has also participated in Relay for Life and the Legion Riders. “We also helped a young man who needed a special wheel chair,” said Terry Carroll, Sergeant of Arms. The group participated in the 9-11 Memorial Ride on Tuesday. “For the past two years we started raising funds with about 12 members. We are currently up to 24,” said Wertman. “Everybody works well together. We have a good time on what we’re doing,” he added. Other board members for the Legion are Michelle Carroll, Secretary and Carl Wilson, Vice-President.