Thanks to the generous donations from the Saints fans during the postgame auction on Military Appreciation Night, the Fighting Saints raised $16,443 for the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque. The night, sponsored by Deery Brothers of Dubuque was a huge success for the Fighting Saints, but more importantly for the Veterans Freedom Center.
“This money we get from the auction is really good for us,” said Jim Wagner, Co-Founder of the Veterans Freedom Center. “We get to use it to keep the lights on and all our everyday stuff. Plus we get to help all veterans and their families. We have “Give a Vet a Lift” which allows us to transport veterans to and from the Veterans Hospital so they can get the medical care they need and we use the money for that. Money goes in, but a lot comes out with all we do and this makes it possible.”
The jerseys, which were sponsored by the Dubuque County Commission of Veterans Affairs, were POW-themed. The black, white and grey jerseys sported the POW-MIA logo on the back and the stars and stripes on both shoulders. On the top left of every jersey was a name of a local Dubuquer in the National POW Archives.
“To be able to host a night like this and help such a worthy cause is spectacular,” said Saints President Nick Shane. “We owe so much to our veterans, so to be able to do something like this and give back to them is special for us as an organization.”
The Fighting Saints average a donation of over $15,000 every year when they hold the auction on Military Appreciation Night.
“Donations from this auction go a long way in helping veterans in the Dubuque area,” said Randy Rennison, Executive Director of the Dubuque County Commission of Veterans Affairs. “We work closely with the Veterans Freedom Center and the money raised goes towards everything from medical assistance to paying for utilities/rent for veterans and also providing them with food. Really it helps veterans in the area in their day to day lives.”
The $16,443 will go towards helping the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque and their mission to meet the needs of active duty, reserve and all Honorably Discharged Tri-State military veterans. The VFC is a 100% non-profit organization located in Dubuque.