Capital Campaign Underway for Operation Veterans Outreach
Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation has four areas of focus. Uppermost among them is giving back to those who have served or are currently serving our country. Military servicemen and women are American Heroes, and the WBWF will do as much as possible to honor them. One way has been hosting an annual American Heroes Day.
In order to have a permanent venue to hold American Hero events and other outreach activities, WBWF has begun a capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of permanent infrastructure consisting of a large pavilion, an outdoor recreation facility for 3-D archery, along with restrooms and storage. All construction will be handicap accessible. Construction will be similar to the structures in photos below.
Recently property has been purchased that offers some big opportunities as a permanent venue. A dwelling exists on the property which can be used for lodging when needed for veterans and their family members.
Once this facility is built, veteran and youth outreach events can be held at this location. The need to put up/take down temporary structures, as is the current practice, will be eliminated.
If you would like to donate to this capital campaign, we welcome your support. One way to donate is by using your mobile phone and texting WBWF to 41444.
Other ways to donate can be found by visiting our Donate webpage.
More information will be posted in the coming weeks.
American Heroes Day 2019
Our annual veterans appreciation event for 2019 took place on August 23, 2019. The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation hosted American Heroes Day to honor the men and women who have bravely served our country. This is the foundation’s way to say thank you and provide veterans with a day of outdoor fun and camaraderie.
Activities were led by industry experts. The action-packed day consisted of fishing, archery, skeet and target shooting, and even a game or two of corn hole. Lunch and dinner were provided. Then, of course, there were prizes awarded for the best performers in the competitions, along with some random drawings for other prizes. Each veteran received a gift bag filled with items to take home.
We had a great turnout with around 100 veterans participating. According to one veteran in attendance, this event far exceeded the many other veteran events he has attended in recent years.
Special guests for the event were two veterans from nearby Campbell County, who served their country during WWII. Curtis Hamlett, shown on the left, was a rifleman in the 3rd Army. He was captured and spent the latter months of his time in the military as a prison-of-war. George Goodman served with an anti-aircraft unit. Both veterans served overseas with General Patton. Special thanks to Gene Smith, a veteran himself, for bringing Mr. Hamlett and Mr. Goodman to this event. Ward Burton, his family, staff, friends and all those present extend thanks to these gentlemen for their service to the United States of America.
Sponsors were recognized on a banner placed at the event, with several contributors in attendance. Below is a list of sponsors who share our interest in honoring military service. Many of our veterans took home great prizes donated by sponsors. We are very appreciative of their support.
Please consider a donation toward our veterans outreach. The WBWF is a 501(C)(3) non-profit.
Contact Sue Adams at 434-476-7038 if you would like to be a sponsor for our 2020 American Heroes Day.
2019 Financial Donors:
Eagle Sponsor: Jeff Storie, State Water Heaters
Hawk Sponsor: Connie Hoyes
Hawk Sponsor: NASCAR
Foxtrot Sponsor: ALSCO (Steiner Foundation)
Foxtrot Sponsor: Morgan Lumber Company
Foxtrot Sponsor: Lewis Metal Works
Foxtrot Sponsor: Dominion Energy (Clover Power Station)
Foxtrot Sponsor: Freedom Alliance
Foxtrot Sponsor: JE Burton Construction
Foxtrot Sponsor: Commonwealth Home Health
Foxtrot Sponsor: LS Tractor USA
Mustang Sponsor: Davenport Energy
Mustang Sponsor: Blue Ridge Beverage
Walmart, South Boston
Bobby & Sherryl Jones
American National Bank
Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
Bank of Charlotte County
VA Army National Guard Retirees Association
Francisco Forestry Services
Davidsons Inc. and Gallery of Guns
GSM: Stealth & Walker
Bobcat’s Bait and Tackle
State Water Heaters
Kenneth Hawks, Guns-N-Stuff
Hazel Jean Smith, Avon
F&A Automotive Parts Inc.