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10 TUESDAY, JUNE 7- THURSDA~ JUNE 9, 2011 NEWS Cape Gazette Donations needed to help support wounded warriors By Ron MacArthur Reed has a story to tell. But for one person, organizer Butch E]zey of Milford, the expe- Wounded warriors at Walter rience has been life changing. Reed Army Medical Center will The event has such great mean- receive some down-home .cook- ing in his life that he proposed to ing with a mix of hugs on Fa- his wife, Linda, during the 2010 ther's Day, thanks to the barbecue in the courtyard of the Delaware Community Apprecia- Mologne House in Washington, tion Group. D.C. Every one of the dozens of lo- What started out as a barbecue cal volunteers who have spent with music by The Movies has the past four Father's Day Sun- grown to include the distribution days providing a barbecue for of numerous $250 gift cards to wounded warriors at Walter wounded warriors. Last year, the group handed out nearly $50,000 in gift cards; the Elzeys make a Sending donations trip each Christmas to present more cards to soldiers and their Send tax-deductible dona- families. Other requests for assis- tions to CentreviUe National . tance are also honored through- Bank, 698 N. DuPont High, out the year. way, Milford, DE 19963 or to In all, over the past five years, Delaware Community Appre- the grassroots group has raised ciation Group, 199 Jenkins $165,000, getting a big boost of Pond Road, Milford, DE $15,000 last year from the Gum- 19966. Phone 422-2606 for boro mud bog. more information. The first year, the wounded warriors were a little hesitant to it DURING A CHRISTMAS visit to Walter Reed, two wounded soldiers, to Butch and Linda Elzey in appreciation for their support. SUBMITTED PHOTO Brandon Ross, !eft, and Brenden Wright, present a sign come out of their rooms to the have suffered horrific trauma, in- courtyard. That's because most cluding the loss of one or more events at Walter Reed were pho- limbs. to opportunities arranged by politicians, Elzey said. The barbecue is born Once the soldiers found out Although never in the military, the barbecue was an event for Elzey said he became enraged them from a group of regular one day when he heard a U.S. people who just wanted to say congressmafi say the war in Iraq thanks, they began to attend, was lost. "What do you think Elzey said sometimes it's hard something like that does to the to fight back the tears when he morale of our military and their stops and talks with the soldiers families?" he asked. who attend the barbecue. Some The next morning he decided to do something about it. When- ever possible, he not only thanks those in uniform, at convenience markets and coffee shops, he pays for their purchases. Even that was not enough. Elzey loves to cook, and soon the idea for a barbecue was born. He said he found out there were 670 wounded warriors in beds at Walter Reed. He has put his money where Continued on page 11 HEATING & COOLING ile Benefiting June County Habitat for Humanity Join us at The Starboard from 5:30-8:30 for free refreshments and great auction items. Weeklong Caribbean Vacation 2 Phillies Club Box Tickets Original & Signed Local Art Golf Lessons from PGA Pros. Maui Jim's & Nike Sunglasses Private Cooking Lessons 6 mo. Fitness Center Membership Graphic Design Service Stop by to bid on the generous array of items! It's a win-win night out on the town! Don't forget to sign up for the Golf Outing June 10! Thank you sponsors! % DIAMOND STATE FINANCIAL GROUP FISCHER ~ HUTCHINSON WEALTH ADVISORS The Family I I i " II III. Go to .for more info!