A wonderful (Grande) experience

It has been an absolutely wonderful experience to put together the fundraiser for the Disabled American Veterans. It’s a lot of work but the outpouring of support from the heartland of America for our veterans is very heartwarming.  Many of the businesses we visit are not having the greatest time financially and there are lots of groups asking for help. It may seem to businesses that sometimes there are more people coming thru the doors with their hands out than there are customers. But they always smile and I am often humbled by their willingness to help the wounded veterans. Even if they cannot support our specific cause, many of them help in other ways. It renews my belief that this little part of the Midwest is truly a great place to raise a family. Because of your support in the past 6 years, we have been able to donate over $40,000 to support veterans. It is maybe not much when compared to the huge cost of caring for veterans, but as my Mother-In-law was fond of saying ; “It’s better than a kick in the teeth”. More than the money however to me is the encouragement and support that the area shows for veterans and their families for all that they have done. 

It takes a lot of energy to put these shows together and our group isn’t getting any younger, so we have decided that this is the last year that we will be putting on this fundraiser. We still intend to help support veterans in any way we can in the future. Our little Heartland Troupe is working hard. They are putting in long hours of practice to provide one last bit of entertainment for those who can make it to our show. We are blessed to have the support of a great band called “Golden Country Sound” and some really great talent coming in for the show. The program will consist of some of our favorite songs (and we hope yours as well) from the past years that we have been entertaining on behalf of the CRMC or for Veterans.  The musical variety shows “Our Grande Finale” will be held in Cameron on April 27thand 28th, 7 PM @ the Goodrich Auditorium. The final show will be Sunday the 29th at 2 PM. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. For more information or to order tickets, contact Pat O’Connor (816) 575-2568 or Peggy Sharp (816) 632-2054. 

Pat O’Connor

Heartland Troupe

The Caldwell County News

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