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SPJST continues its Fort Hood Memorial fundraising…

October 25, 2011
In my last post, I talked about the “fraternal alternative”… how fraternals offer consumers an alternative way to invest in their families’ financial security, deliver benefits to their fellow members of their societies, and – most importantly – improve the lives of people in their local communities. It’s a terrific concept and one whose time has come – again. Check out this example of improving local communities from SPJST… "Urban Cowboy" Johnny Lee Concert to Benefit Fort Hood Memorial On Saturday, October 29, 2011, legendary country singer Johnny Lee performs at The Oscar Store’s outdoor concert venue, six miles east of Temple, Texas, off FM 3117. The concert will benefit the construction of the Fort Hood Memorial. Admission is $20 per person. Please know that your attendance and support of this event will help greatly in efforts to raise awareness and funding for the Fort Hood November 5th, 2009 Memorial. Tickets are available at The Oscar Store, Cavender’s Western Wear in Temple, the SPJST Home Office in Temple. Tickets may also be charged by phone at 254.983.2175. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate on the night of the show. About the Fort Hood Memorial Nearly two years have passed since gunfire erupted inside the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas. Thirteen people were killed and 32 were wounded. Thanks to the heroic intervention of two Fort Hood police officers, the rampage was brought to an end. The victims were mainly men and women who were preparing to deploy to battle zones or who had recently returned from them. In the aftermath of this tragic event, tributes were held to honor those who had died or who had been injured. From that initial outpouring of emotion and out of the desire to honor and remember the victims of that tragic event came the concept of establishing a permanent public and living memorial. The Fort Hood November 5th, 2009 Memorial will include a memorial pavilion and garden on the grounds of the Killeen Civic and Conference Center to honor the victims and deliver a message of vigilance for generations to come. The response to the memorial project has been gratifying. To date, more than $100,000 has been raised. Approximately $500,000 will be needed to bring the project to completion In conjunction with the concert event, the SPJST, a fraternal benefit society serving Texas families since 1897, is working to host a silent auction. For making a contribution to the silent auction, you will be recognized for its support during the course of the concert. To donate an item to the silent auction — or if you have questions related to the Fort Hood November 5th, 2009 Memorial — please give call Debbie Klinkovsky at the SPJST Home Office at 800.727.7578. Thanks to SPJST for sharing this information with us.  What is your society doing in your local communities?  Share your activities by posting them here…