Honor Flight Kern County receives over $65,000 donation, largest to date

Posted at 6:30 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 08:07:43-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — An act of human kindness was done in our community with Honor Flight of Kern County, the organization that takes veterans on a flight to Washington D.C. to view memorials in their honor.

On Thursday, the Honor Flight of Kern County received their largest single donation to date, totaling $65,250 from Braun Electric and Diversified Construction Solutions.

Lili Marsh, director of Honor Flight Kern County, says that this money will cover half of the cost of their upcoming charter flight in October that will take 160 people.

“When we found out that we got this $65,000 we were all in a state of shock. We had no idea what was coming,” said Marsh. “These people that donated the money are personally responsible for that so everyone that participated in that tournament and helped them out to raise this money, we can't thank them enough.”

The money was raised through a Sporting Clay event held in April, hosted by Braun Electric and Diversified Construction Solutions.

“This Sporting Clay shoot to give to honor flight was over $55,000, then Braun electric and DCS added another $5,000 each bringing us to $65,250,” said Kevin Blankenship, vice president of Braun Electric.

Blankenship says he was inspired to give to the organization after escorting his father-in-law on an honor flight.

Marsh adds that this donation has removed a large burden off of their shoulders.

“We were expected to take this charter in October, and we knew it would drain the bank and we were struggling on how that could happen or how to build that back up,” Marsh said.

Honor Flight says that they are only able to exist because of the small donations, but this one will have a greater impact. If you or someone you know has done something kind for others,let us know here.

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