Honor Flight Northland Raises Enough Money to Fly Veterans Free

By KBJR News 1

March 20, 2011 Updated Mar 30, 2011 at 9:31 AM CST

DULUTH, MN (Northland's Newscenter)---Thanks to generous donations from the public 100 World War II veterans now have seats on Honor Flight Northland headed to Washington D.C in May.

A fundraiser was held tonight to help offset the costs of sending the veterans to see the National World War II memorial built in their honor.

Locals donated food for the event, more than twelve pounds of prime rib was served and diners had their pick of sides from a 16-foot salad bar.

The flight scheduled for May is currently booked with veterans and medical personnel.

This was made possible by Saturday's fundraising event.

"We had a big goal, we wanted to be able to turn over $10,000 to the organization by selling out the 160 seats," said Brad Bennett, an organizer at the event. "We've sold out everything, and with the extra donations that we've got, we've made out goal tonight, we're going to make our goal tonight."

There are currently 45 veterans on the flight waiting list.

Due to the high demand, organizers are already planning another trip scheduled for next October.

Written and posted to the web: Jennifer Walch
jwalch@northlandsnewscenter.com