Local Businesses Step Up to Help Camdenton VFW
Camdenton, MO – As post member Keith Lucas stood up at a recent BNI Lake Business Builders meeting, everyone expected him to talk about his work as a web designer, but he was there to publicly thank Scottie Martin of Scott’s Concrete. “I wanted to come here today to thank Scottie and Scott’s Concrete, not only for their help but for the connections they have made for us with other businesses, that have rescued the Camdenton VFW’s new building project”, said Lucas.
The Camdenton VFW has been trying to complete and fundraise for the new building for nearly 3 years. The project seemed lost until they parted ways with their first contractor for being over budget and behind schedule. Helping to get the VFW out of trouble was Scott’s Concrete and Zach Sousley of S& S Custom Building. S&S was hired as the general contractor to replace the initial builder. “Zach has donated quite a bit of time and work to make this project happen”, said VFW member Woody Tweed.
While the community center and public restaurant is progressing, the process has taken longer because the VFW is trying to keep the additional, unexpected costs of finishing the work as low as possible. The VFW is trying to utilize as much donated time and materials as possible, to enable them to use more future funds to help veterans and the community.
“Scott’s Concrete and S&S Custom Building have connected us with amazing people that want to help veterans by donating materials or labor,” said Tweed. One of the companies that Scott’s Concrete introduced the VFW was Kim’s Carpet in Stover. Kim’s Carpet donated all of the carpet and tile for the building. “We do work at Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force base, I wanted to give back”, said Kim. When the VFW needed work done on the foundation and retaining wall, Scott’s Concrete donated materials, and they reached out to Rice Concrete to donate labor and APAC to donate rock. “It’s what we (Scott’s Concrete) do. As a kid, we were always helping somebody, and I can’t think of a better group to help than veterans”, said Scottie Martin.
“We (VFW) can’t thank everyone that has donated money, materials, and labor enough. We still have ways to go to be able to pay the building loan and operating costs but we are in much better shape than before Scott’s Concrete and S&S Custom Building got involved. Every donation helps”, said Post Commander Bill Mullins. Companies or individuals wanting to donate to the Camdenton VFW can contact Keith Lucas, fundraising committee chair at 314-809-4666. The Camdenton VFW is a 501(c)19.
Companies That Have Donated or Discounted Materials & Labor
- Scott’s Concrete (concrete, excavating, labor, materials)
- S&S Custom Building (construction labor, materials)
- Kim’s Carpet (materials and tile installation)
- APAC (fill)
- Rice Concrete (labor)
- Wildcat Supply (drywall)
- Lowes Pro Services (drywall)
- (J) M Barkladge Drywall (drywall installation)
- A-Z Home Services (drywall installation)
- DeGraffiendried HVAC (equipment)
- Reliable Painting (painting labor)
- Sherwin Williams (paint)
- A+ Plumbing (labor)
- Catalyst Electric (materials, labor)
- Rienholdt Electric (materials, labor)
- High Brothers Lumber (materials)
- Four Seasons Plumbing (fixtures, labor)
- AB Pest Control & Insulation (insulation)
- Home Depot (floor sanding equipment)
- CARE, Inc. (kitchen equipment)
- Aaron & Brenna Toft (kitchen and bar equipment)
- Advantage Fire (fire suppression)
- Culligan Lake of the Ozarks (water softener)
- Anderson Excavating (excavating)
- Joe Schmo & Co (landscaping)
- City of Camdenton
Other Companies & Organizations That Have Helped
- Dogwood Elementary
- Lake of the Shootout Committee
- Ozarks Amphitheater
- Advantage Printing
- Kevin & Kari McCowan
- Hull’s Auto Body & Marine
- Rockhouse Church
- Much Ado Studios
- Border Xpressions
- Woobly Boots
- Mills & Sons Insurance
- Big Surf Waterpark
- Ballparks of the Ozarks
- Mariners Pier 31
- MSW Interactive Designs
- Graphic Designer Chris Oth
- Showcase Publishing
- Lake Media
- Viper Communication
- Benne Media
- Coyote Radio
The Camdenton VFW will host its 2nd Annual Community Block Party & Fish Fry on Sunday, September 11th from 12-4 pm. The family-friendly event is open to the public, and will take place at the VFW Post in Camdenton. This year’s event will feature a 9/11 remembrance, bounce houses, kids’ games, live music, and more. Event information and an online donation form can be found on vfwblockparty.com.
Business or organizations booths are still available. Each booth should have a kids’ game, activity, or giveaways. Those interested should contact event committee chair Roy Sifuentes for more info: 417-434-6023.
To learn more about VFW Post 5923, go to lakevfw.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.