CHETOPA — Chetopa High School Flight of Honor seeks to raise funds annually to honor U.S. military veterans by providing them with an expense-paid trip to Washington to see the memorials put in place to honor them.
Although Honor Flight is a national organization, each hub is responsible for raising its own funds for each flight. Chetopa’s group operates in cooperation with Parsons High School Honor Flight.
Raising the thousands in funds needed to cover the costs for the veterans and their accompanying student guardians, and other required adult attendees, can be challenging.
The USD 505 school board discussed honor flight in May before the first flight and again in August.
Chetopa-St. Paul students serve as guardians for veterans and travel with them to support their needs on the trip.
USD 505 Superintendent Bobbi Williams hopes she has hit the target with this year’s main fundraiser to help cover the costs with the PHS hub — a charity sporting clay shoot Sept. 27-28 at Flint Oak near Fall River.
“My husband and I do sporting clays, so we’re familiar with that group of people. That’s why we chose to do a sporting clay shoot,” Williams said. “Associated with the shoot is an auction.”
Southeast Kansas area residents are invited to help support Honor Fight by participating in the event. Flint Oak holds a five-star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges, which places it among the top shooting facilities in the country.
The 100-target competition will include four-person teams. Trophies will be given for the top three teams, bottom three teams and probably some in between. Mulligans can be purchased to help improve scores. There will be door prizes and an awards luncheon. It is not a sanctioned tournament.
“Anybody can create a team, and if you don’t have enough for a team, we’ll put you on one,” Williams said.
The night preceding the sporting clay shoot will be the auction.
“We have some tremendous auction items. We have airline tickets. We have a deep sea fishing trip through an organization out of New Jersey. We have a Daisy Red Rider factory tour, where you tour the factory and during the course of the tour you get to build and assemble your own gun. We have a commemorative gun donated by Daisy Red Rider that has the Parsons High School Honor Flight logo on it and then has some things we use with our organization,” Williams said.
There are many other items available at the auction.
“And we have some smaller items like baskets of honey and homemade cookies from the Cake Shed, things like that,” Williams said. “We’ve had several teams register for the event, but of course the more people that are there, the more money we raise for our organization, but also the more fun you have.”
All-inclusive tickets for both days, including lodging, dinner, drink tickets, the auction, breakfast, 100 targets, lunch and awards is $1,000 for a four-person team or $275 per individual.
For the Saturday clay shoot (100 targets, lunch and awards), the cost is $600 for a four-person team and $150 per individual.
To register online, visit www.usd505.org/Flight-Honor.
“It will be a great time for a great cause,” Williams said. “The trip is set for May 4 and 5 of 2020.”