The Tampa Bay Young Republicans’ (TBYR’s) October general meeting, held at CopperFish on Tuesday, Oct. 22, was focused on two important philanthropic organizations in the Tampa Bay area.
The meeting started off with a presentation by Daphni Austin from Honor Flight of West Central Florida (HFWCF). HFWCF is an official regional hub of the National Honor Flight Network and funds flights of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. Austin gave an overview of the organization, which has brought 941 World War II veterans to the nation’s capital to see the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial. HFWCF is planning to bring Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to see their respective war memorials in the future.
Austin provided tangible ways for TBYR members and others to get involved with HFWCF. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the military-support organization is asking for volunteers to come to the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to welcome World War II veterans returning from HFWCF’s most recent Honor Flight. Arrive by 9 p.m. Further opportunities include contributing to the Honor Flight mail call and joining Honor Flight as a Guardian. Most importantly, the group needs more veterans! Anyone who served or knows someone who served is invited to contact HFWCF to learn how to qualify for a trip. More information about becoming involved in this worthy cause can be found on the HFWCF website.
The second speaker was Alisa Savoretti, the founder, president and CEO of My Hope Chest. Savoretti spoke of an issue that receives extra attention in the month of October—breast cancer. A cancer survivor herself, Savoretti and My Hope Chest work to fund breast reconstruction for women who have suffered from the disease. Besides telling the TBYRs of her own personal story, she also offered ways to help through donations. She does not want to raise awareness of breast cancer, she wants to encourage action to address it.
If you weren’t able to make it to the October meeting, we hope to see you at our next one on Tuesday, Nov. 19. It’s a week early to accommodate for Thanksgiving. If you’re not a member yet, join up! TBYR is the place in Hillsborough County to meet today’s leaders and become tomorrow’s.