Each year Chapel Hill Post 9100 holds a raffle to raise money for their Veterans Relief Fund.  The raffle has two purposes.  One is to raise money for veterans assistance.  The other it to show the local community that they have an active and vibrant group of veterans by meeting and greeting passersby in beautiful downtown Chapel Hill.

A smile from a vet with a flower for the ladies

A smile from a vet with a flower for the ladies

Chapel Hill announced that their drawing for the pair of season tickets for Tar Heel Men’s Basketball for the 2015-2016 season was held this afternoon. There were 300 tickets in the tub from which the winner was drawn. The winner was Lee Heavlin, a career Navy veteran from Carrboro who finished his career as the Administrative Officer for the Navy ROTC Unit on campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Heavlin has also served as District 6 Commander and is active in local veterans groups and projects.

$3000 was raised from the raffle ticket sales.  Post 6 stated on their website, “We can’t begin to tell you how important it is for our Chapel Hill VFW Post to help needy veterans who come to us for financial assistance. The fund into which the raffle ticket money went is our source for that help.  We call it our Veterans Relief Fund.”

“Other money that goes into that fund is what we raise from our Buddy Poppy efforts. This is a nationwide VFW program to raise money for veteran assistance. You may see men and women in front of grocery stores or “big box” retailers, especially around Veterans Day, giving away small red and green flowers. These poppies are made by disabled veterans and are given to people by VFW members to remind them of the sacrifices made by members of our military. Donations are gladly accepted but not requested from those to whom the poppies are given. Again, every penny raised goes into the fund from which assistance is provided to veterans in financial need who approach the local VFW Post.”  Learn more about Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill also reports that they added an antique water kettle and campfire tripod to their project.  The kettle was painted red, white, and blue and it draws a lot of attention.  Those who have no idea what a Buddy Poppy is recognize a donation catcher and freely contribute.  Many stop and chat.  World War II bomber crewmember Major Elmer Hughes is always at the ready with a big smile and a handful of Buddy Poppies.