Navy and Operation Homefront Win This Weekend
The Army / Navy Football Charity Fundraiser once again raised funds for local and national charities that provide relief to military families, returning service members, and children less fortunate during the holiday season. Central Ohio military veterans and supporters gathered to watch the Navy defeat the Army, 37-17, during the football game December 11, 2010. The fundraising event raised money through admissions and raffles for Marine Toys for Tots, Marine Corps Family Support Foundation, and Operation Homefront.
Started in 2008 by several local Navy, Army and Marine veterans spanning from the Vietnam War to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the event raised money for a care package for the Ohio Army National Guide Operational Mentor and Liaison Team deployed “outside the wire” in Afghanistan. The event drew in 200 people and over $800 in donations that first year with limited resources, media, and planning time. In 2009, local veterans and supporters raised over $1900 and over 30 Santa bags filled with toys for Marine Toys for Tots, Marine Corps Family Support Community and Operation Homefront. There were over 400 attendees, numerous sponsors including The Other Paper, Dream Seats and the Columbus Blue Jackets all with the help of local D.J., Matt Sexton, who gave of his time and expertise to help double the event.
This year, organizers succeeded with fundraising and attendance goals to bring awareness to these three fine military and civilian charities.