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Over 250 veterans, Lincoln County Kickers and friends gathered for the 4th Annual Central Missouri Honor Flight benefit dinner dance at Troy Knights of Columbus.

Over 250 veterans, Lincoln County Kickers and many friends gathered at the Fourth Annual Central Missouri Honor Flight Benefit Dinner Dance on March 14 at the Troy Knights of Columbus. 

Ticket sales, a silent auction, 50/50 and quilt raffles raised $14,500 for Central Missouri Honor Flight (CMHF) in Columbia, bringing the total contribution from this annual event to over $46,000. 

“On behalf of all veterans, I wish to thank people and businesses who have been so generous with donations over the past year, [including] 67 silent auction items, sporting event tickets, beautiful patriotic items and over 40 door prize items,” said Jan Bettencourt, chairperson for the event. 

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Dan Flynn got the winning ticket for one of the patriotic quilts raffled at the CMHF dance.

“The hall cost was donated by Kemper-Millard-Keim, a great meal by the Knights of Columbus was donated by the Bank of Old Monroe, all beverages were donated by the Knights of Columbus, many fabulous desserts were donated by the Blue Star Mothers, Kroger and Wal-Mart, and the music was provided by C&C All-Around Sound, which enabled us to provide all proceeds for CMHF.”

Dan Flynn got the winning ticket for one of the beautiful patriotic quilts raffled at the CMHF dance. 

Chris Huffman of C&C All-Around Sound had no problem getting everyone on the floor for lots of dancing fun. 

“I’d like to thank and recognize Roger and Linda Kiesey, Faye Shulze, Pam Gauldin, Al and Phyllis Pruitt, Helen Riney, Lois April, Linda Sambo, Liz and Jack VanBarneveld, Charlene and Sam Bockhorst, John Cheek, Nancy Otte, and Chris Moesch who helped manned the front entrance table, helped decorate the hall, organized the raffles, silent auction and 50/50, as well as the local military organizations and the veterans at Veterans Coffee Talk who have been donating items and gift cards/ certificates during the past year. It was also awesome to see our World War II Veterans, Dick Shafer, Charles Gnade, Fred Shuskey, and Ralph Fink joining in our honor flight celebration.” 

Bettencourt also thanked Mike Woods, Ed Krupinski and Steve Murphy for their help. 

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“This is such a fun, casual event with good food, great dancing and wonderful fellowship,” Bettencourt said. “And we are already planning our fifth annual dinner dance for March 13, 2021, which will be held at the Knights of Columbus in Troy.”