Foundation to honor military heroes at annual event
The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation has made it a tradition when it raises funds to honor members of the community as well.
The nonprofit group will continue that custom when it presents its third annual Salute To Our Heroes on Saturday, Feb. 12.
The evening pays tribute to members of the military.
Proceeds go to an endowed scholarship fund in memory of fallen soldiers. The scholarships go to graduating Cypress-Fairbanks school district students.
The foundation developed the event at the suggestion of board member Ed Station, a U.S. Army veteran.
"This made sense for us to do," said Marie Holmes, foundation executive director. "We have a lot of veterans in our community. It has been a blessing for us."
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Enchanted Cypress Ballroom, 12603 Louetta in Cypress.
Jennifer Pittman and the Rev. Justin Lindstrom are program co-chairs, and Houston Astros announcer Bill Brown and Rachel McNeill from KPRC Channel 2 News will serve as co-hosts.
Admission is $50 per person and $25 for veterans. Sponsorships range from $150 to $10,000.
The guest speaker will be U.S. Army Col. Bruce Crandall, who received the Medal of Honor in 2007 for heroic actions as a helicopter pilot in the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965. He was honored for flying out wounded soldiers during what has been described as one of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War.
Crandall also has been inducted into the U.S. Air Force's "Gathering of Eagles," which recognizes pioneers of aviation and heroic flyers. He also served as an aviation consultant for the movie about the Ia Drang Valley Battle, We Were Soldiers, based on the book We Were Soldiers Once … And Young.
The evening also will feature live and silent auctions and the Singing Cadets of Texas A&M.
"They were at our first event," Holmes said. "Everyone enjoyed them so much we thought we'd bring them back this time.
"Probably one of the highlights of the evening is the Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony," Holmes added. "It's a moving night."
Last year's event generated about $52,000. The endowed scholarship fund created that year was established in honor of Station.
"It's a rather new event for us," she said. "Hopefully we will do much better this year."
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