Following over 20 months of fundraising hardships and COVID climate challenges, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2987 Auxiliary is excited to announce a Taco Dinner fundraiser coming up Dec. 11.
“We had held it once before. It was actually an idea (from) when one of our district members actually ran for state auxiliary president,” noted VFW Auxiliary 2987 President KayLynn Morin. “We decided to try to do it here. Unfortunately, the first time we tried to do it just for our auxiliary was when COVID hit – that was in April of 2020.”
The 2021 Taco Dinner Fundraiser will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at $8 per person with tickets currently available at the VFW Post (148 N. 1st St.) or via the social media Blythe Buy, Sell, Trade pages.
The VFW Auxiliary 2987 are a long-standing nonprofit organization that supports area youth through scholarships, as well as various veteran-related support in conjunction with its goals.
“We are associated with, but separate from, the VFW. Basically, the VFW Auxiliary are spouses, grandparents, parents, and kids and grandkids of VFW members. And, actually, to be more clear – not necessarily VFW members but the close relatives of military members who have fought on foreign grounds. Regardless of membership in the VFW,” noted Morin. “We support veterans in everything; specifically we support the VA hospitals. Our closest VA hospital support is, of course, Loma Linda. And then we also have a voice in congress, along with the VFW. So we support congressional actions dealing with veterans and veterans’ support. And then, we also are a part of the local community. We give three scholarships to the local high school every year and we help local students. So, students that graduate from our high school and want to attend Palo Verde College (PVC) – that’s what our scholarships are geared for.”
In years’ past, the VFW Auxiliary 2987 has also sponsored hometown Little League teams; provided “Bags of Love” for displaced children in need of essentials; donated new benches for the Palo Verde Cemetery pavilion; donated to Palo Verde High School’s (PVHS) former JROTC program; visited the area nursing home with gifts for seniors; helped support community happenings like the annual “Run for the Wall” veterans’ motorcycle stopover in Blythe; and more.
Like many of the local-based area-supporting nonprofits and service organizations, the VFW Auxiliary 2987 also faced a trying period over the last year and a half during the COVID climate’s worldwide impact.
“(W)e are closely associated with the VFW, and because of the pandemic – the canteen had to close down. We did not meet the criteria for ‘restaurant.’ It was considered a bar, so it did have to close down. Because of that, it also closed our kitchen down. So that not only kept the VFW shut down, but it (also) kept the Auxiliary (from) conducting any of our normal fundraisers,” shared Morin. “Fortunately, we were able to continue our scholarships. We were able to provide the scholarships that we did for this last year, and the year before. But we were not able to replenish our coffers, so to speak; so that’s why this fundraiser is so important.”
As noted to the Times, Taco Dinner Fundraiser tickets from April 2020 will also be honored at the upcoming Dec. 11 benefit.