Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 18, 2013

Veteran groups join to form fundraising unit

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Veteran groups operating in this area have formed a fundraising unit called the Appanoose County Veterans Group.

Max Ervin, who played a big part in the effort, said the emphasis is on raising funds and community service.

Members with the American Legion, American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Women's Auxiliary are involved in the county-wide group.

One fundraiser in the works are scholarships for high school seniors, Ervin said. They want to raise enough money to award three, $250 scholarships, one each to a high school senior attending Centerville, Moulton and Moravia and a fourth senior will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The scholarships will not be awarded on grade point average, Ervin said. The scholarships will be awarded based on a 500 word essay based on the question: "What freedom means to me."

The deadline to submit the essay to a student's respective school office is April 3.

"It's for the average student," Ervin said. "It's not for the brainchild."

Ervin said the Appanoose County Veterans Group has started a meat bundle raffle in association with Fareway to raise the scholarship funds.

Tickets for the raffle are $1 for one or $5 for six and they can be purchased from any veteran. The drawing will be held May 18.

The grand prize is a 130 pound hind quarter valued at $500. The second prize is a 80 pound meat bundle valued at $200.