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WBT Donates $10K To Honor Flights At Elmsford Event

WBT presents $10,000 to Honor Flights. Photo Credit: Contributed
Cmdr. Bob Foster, VFW Post 2285; Bob Funking and Bill Stutler WBT owners; Fred Abatangelo, Hudson Valley Honor Flight ; Vito Pinto; Bill Skennion, HVHF; Frank Kimler, HVHF executive board. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- At a fundraiser at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford to benefit the Hudson Valley Honor Flight, WBT donated $10,000, from all ticket sales for the opening night of "South Pacific."

The money donated was to sponsor the Saturday, Oct. 18 , inaugural flight from Westchester, with the second flight following in April of 2015.

The following people were in attendance for the presentation of the check Cmdr. Bob Foster, VFW Post 2285; Fred Abatangelo, Hudson Valley Honor Flight; Bob Funking, owner WBT; Vito Pinto, Westchester County Veterans Agency; Morgan Rappe, Edgemont High School Senior Veterans Club; Frank Kimler, Hudson Valley Honor Flight executive board; Bill Skennion, Hudson Valley Honor Flight; Bill Stutler, owner.

WBT owners Funking and Bill Stutler received a proclamation of merit from County Executive Rob Astorino for their efforts on behalf of the veterans.

"The October 18th Flight was a mission accomplished, said Foster. "Transporting 186 people across the country and well more than 200 throughout a city, half with physical handicaps, is an engineering marvel at best and we did it. What a team we have!  As always, I was touched to the deepest part of my heart by each veteran I spoke to and laughed with throughout the day. Also laughing with you all about some of the funny stuff that happened along the way was priceless."

Hudson Valley Honor Flight is a non-profit created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. It transports veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials at no cost to the veterans.

Honor Flight Network recognizes American veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials at no cost. Top priority is given to World War II and terminally ill veterans from all wars. In the future, Honor Flight Network will be expanded to include Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.

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