Wounded Warriors Weekend coming right up on August long

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

From August 3 to August 6 Slave Lake will be hosting an invited group of servicemen and women, veterans and first responders for a weekend of fun and healing.

Rhonda Willis with the Wounded Warriors Weekend Foundation says guests will partake in different activities around the region, including fishing and golfing.

Willis explains the Wounded Warriors Weekend Foundation is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers with the goal of showing compassion and support to warriors.

Willis says guests will spend their first day out in Smith enjoying some outdoor games and side- by- side rides.

The day is partly sponsored by Smith-Hondo Association of Recreational and Agriculture Society (SHARA). She says the rest of the weekend will take place in Slave Lake and will involve fishing, golfing, a ‘spa day’ for the caregivers, cruises with members of Route 88 Rods and Customs, and possibly a trip to the bird observatory.

Dinners throughout the weekend are being provided by the Slave Lake Rotary Club, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Northern Gateway Motorcycle Association.

Willis adds the Slave Lake Alliance Church and Community Christian Centre have offered to supply some of the lunches.

“Fundraising is still ongoing,” says Willis. “We still require some funds to cover golfing fees, travel and accommodations, and some lunches.”

She adds they are getting close to their goal, but are not there yet. Volunteers are still needed for the caregivers’ spa (hair stylists or nail technicians, etc.) and a few more boat owners to take guests out fishing on Sunday and Monday.

Tickets will be on sale for the public to join the guests for the Warriors Thank You Dinner on Sunday, August 5 and will be $65 per person, available at the Business Factory, or by emailing woundedwarriors.slavelake@gmail.com.

Willis reports guests will arrive late afternoon on Friday, August 3 .

Organizers are still working out details of flight times before she will know the estimated time of arrival (ETA).

“As soon as we have an ETA, we’ll announce it so that the public can come out to greet them as they come in from the highway.”

On Saturday, July 14 Flipside and the Wounded Warriors Weekend Foundation partnered up to host a dunk tank, barbecue and fundraiser. Many local community members volunteered to be dunked for a good cause. Pictured is Mary Brown, attempting to dunk RCMP Const. LeGresley.

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