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Ultralight Chapter Raises $14,000 For Kids' Camp


EAA Ultralight Chapter 41 members
EAA Ultralight Chapter 41 members, Friends of Oshkosh, and Thrivent Financial are all smiles.

July 19, 2007 — Members of EAA Ultralight Chapter 41, based at Brennand Field near Neenah, Wisconsin, were all smiles Tuesday night during their chapter meeting. They were celebrating their success in raising $14,000 for Camp Hozhoni, a weeklong camp for families with children afflicted with cancer.

Working with the Friends of Oshkosh, a local civic group, and the American Cancer Society, the Chapter pledged to raise money to allow more families to participate in the camp. A chapter member who works at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans of Appleton, Wisconsin, approached her company and asked if they'd provide some matching funds. Thrivent agreed it would donate $4,000 to the cause if the Chapter could raise $10,000. The challenge was on!

The Chapter members decided to elevate the activities at their annual fly-in, the Gumps Flying Circus, on June 23-24 to raise money. They held a morning pancake breakfast and an evening pig roast and also sought donations from throughout the local community. They also organized a raffle, a casino night, and silent auction. With assistance from EAA Chapter 444, they provided Young Eagles riders to many of the children who will be participating at the camp as well as their brothers and sisters.

Kevin Purtell, of the Friends of Oshkosh, accepted the $14,000 check from the Chapter and representatives of Thrivent Financial during the Chapter's Tuesday evening and thanked the members for their hard work and their dedication to this cause. But even better than the thanks was the feeling of accomplishment and of helping others that the Chapter members gained. Hozhoni is a Navajo word meaning "complete circle of harmony." That was definitely the feeling at EAA Chapter 41's meeting.

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