Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club joins effort to benefit veterans

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club is working with the Oak Orchard Riverdale American Legion Post 28 and the Warrior Community Connect organization to host a Flags for Heroes fundraiser on Oct. 25 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Post 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro.

The purpose of the Flags for Heroes fund raiser is to sell 100 U.S. flag sponsorships at $50 each, proceeds from which will be used to benefit under-served veterans. The event is planned to be a “high energy” event with the Legion providing happy-hour food and bar pricing, and musical entertainment by DJ Glen Schuster. Live music will be provided by the band Overtime following the event, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday is also Seafood Night at the Legion, featuring dinner specials.

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club has sponsored a Flags for Heroes program since 2015, displaying sponsored flags on the grounds of American Legion Post 28 during the weeks leading up to Veteran’s Day. In 2018, the club was able to obtain 50 sponsors for flags. This year, the goal is 100, 20 of which have already been sold by members of the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club.

Joining with the American Legion Post 28 and Warrior Community Connect is the first time the Rotary Club has entered into such a partnership to meet its fund-raising objectives, all proceeds of which will benefit veterans in need.

Sponsoring a flag can be to honor any hero, not just a veteran. Organizers said first-responders, teachers, caregivers — anyone who is believed to be a hero is an appropriate person to commemorate with a flag sponsorship.

“The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club is a firm believer in working with and supporting the local Long Neck Community,” said Fred Gibbs, Long Neck Sunrise Flags for Heroes program chairman. “Veterans are a key element of our local society, and we are delighted to be working with two other organizations that work to serve this population. We hope that this is the beginning of a long and beneficial partnership to those who have served our country.”

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the community event. Flags are planned to be posted on Oct. 26 on American Legion Post 28 grounds and will remain posted until shortly after Veteran’s Day. There will be a ceremony on Veteran’s Day to commemorate those who served, led by the American Legion Post 28, with participation by the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club.

For more information on Flags for Heroes, visit www.longnecksunriserotaryclub.com/flags-for-heroes.

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at Ocean Grill II on Long Neck Road. The public is welcome.