Wounded Warriors seeks support

Organizers of a Saturday event designed to raise money for the local Wounded Warriors program said they are in great need of donations.

“At this point we’ll take anything we can get,” said Patricia Lewis, who is helping get the word out about the fundraiser, which is set for 6 p.m. at Valley Head Elementary School.

If enough donations are received, the event will include a cakewalk, a silent auction and a live auction. However, Lewis said very few donations had been received as of earlier this week.

The goal is to raise $3,600 to cover expenses for 10 veterans to take part in a fishing getaway from May 30 to June 2 in the Harman area. Only about $400 had been raised so far, she said.

“It’s really a good thing for the veterans,” Lewis said. “I’d hate not to see this happen.”

The trip would include accommodations in cabins, food prepared by volunteers, and time for the veterans to learn how to tie flies, go fly fishing and enjoy the outdoors. It would be coordinated by volunteers through the Potomac Highlands Wounded Warrior Outreach group located in Pendleton County.

The Wounded Warriors program has sent veterans on local fishing trips for the past two years, and the program also sends veterans on different outdoor excursions, such as golfing, whitewater rafting and rock climbing. The program helps veterans of any age and any conflict, and they come from Veterans Affairs hospitals in West Virginia as well as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

Any donations of items for Saturday’s auction or monetary gifts would be greatly appreciated, Lewis said.

More information on the fundraiser or giving a donation is available by calling Lewis at 304-636-7177 or contacting Loretta Fortney at 304-339-2110 or Information also is available online at