Fundraiser honors veterans in Longs

Longs, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

LONGS, SC (WMBF) - For some July 4th is about fun, sun and a long weekend, but in Longs a fundraiser showed that the holiday means much more to men and women who have fought for our country in the armed services.

It was all about the uniform Saturday at Oasis Bar and Grill off Highway 9, where people gathered to show support for war veterans.

The fundraiser begins a new tradition for the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center of Little River, which sponsored the event.

There was music, dancing and drinks, but the event was about raising money for the center which helps veterans in need.

"We do claims. We can help you get into the VA system. We can help you if you need a little bit of money for utilities or food," said Kris Tourtellotte, the center's director.

He says the fundraiser will turn into an annual event and hopes to make plans to make next year's event bigger and better.

Approximately 500 people attended, giving the center much needed funds to go toward its programs.

"Our goal was actually to break even after we found out how much it cost, but I think we might make a grand or two out of this," said Tourtellotte.

The money raised will go to support new programs including the construction of a place that could be used to house veterans in need of somewhere to go.

Saturday there was no shortage of volunteers like Diane Larrowe, a veteran herself.

She summed up what the fundraiser was all about.

"Freedom. Where we got our freedom, how we got out freedom, where it comes from. My grandfather and my father fought before I did. You know freedom is whatever you make it," said Larrowe.

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