Wright County raises over $3,000 for honor flight

Wright County employees raised more than $2,400 for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. Back row: Deputy Recorder Denise Baker, Supervisor Karl Helgevold, and Supervisor Rick Rasmussen. Front Row: County Treasurer Peggy Schluttenhofer, and honor flight coordinator Ron Newsum. (Monitor photo by Clae Goater)

In just a month, Wright County employees have raised over $2,400 for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. That’s enough money to send four Wright County Veteran’s to Washington, D.C.

                “I issued a challenge to the employees to see how many veterans we could send. If any department could come up with the $618 within their department, I would give them credit,” said Wright County Treasurer Peggy Schluttenhofer. “The board gave the first $100, and it skyrocketed from there.”

                The Wright County Road Maintenance Employees and the Sheriff’s Office and Communication Department were the two departments who raised $618 internally. Other departments raised funds as well, but did not meet the $618 per department for recognition. An additional $640 was donated by various people throughout the county.

                “That is wonderful! Thank you so much. My God! I’d like to thank you very personally for all your dollars and your thoughts,” said honor flight organizer Ron Newsum. “It puts Wright County back in the ballgame. I love to take veterans from the county, but the county has to pay for it. It’s great to have that financial support. The veterans have always given their physical support, and we’re trying to thank those veterans for their physical support.”

Read the full article in the Nov. 14 edition of the WCM.