Sendik’s raises $180,000 for Stars & Stripes Honor Flight

Freeman Staff

Aug. 12, 2015

Pictured from left to right are: Molly Hogan, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight; Karyn Roelke, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight; Margaret Harris, Sendik’s; Eugene “Lefty” Ferry, WWII veteran; Joe DeBelak, Korean War veteran; Ted Balistreri, Sendik’s; David Meltzer, WWII veteran; and Amy Luft, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. 
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MEQUON - Sendik’s Food Markets, with the help of its customers, collected a record donation of $180,000 for Stars & Stripes Honor Flight to recognize local veterans with trips to Washington, D.C.

The announcement and check presentation were made recently at Sendik’s in Mequon. The money raised from customer contributions will allow 180 veterans to visit Washington, D.C., on Oct. 24 for a one-day, all-expenses paid trip to see the war memorials and receive thanks. The special flight will be named after Sendik’s in recognition of the donation.

“This is all about our loyal customers and their wonderful hearts. It’s incredible that their support has made it possible to provide this gift to 180 local veterans,” said Sendik’s Food Markets co-owner Ted Balistreri. “We are proud to sponsor this trip as a way of showing our gratitude to local heroes for all they have done for our country. We hope it’s a wonderful, unforgettable experience.”

The charitable giving campaign, which ran May 1 through July 31, raised funds by offering customers various ways to donate.