There are many ways in which Lake Norman Delta Waterfowl gives back to the community and one of them is helping out our veterans. Without them we would not have the freedom which we have today so we do our best to give back. Below are a few of the highlights of us helping out our Hometown Heroes.
- Our 2015 Hometown Hero was Mike Turner. Mike has recently served as the Assistant Fire Chief at East Lincoln Fire Department and has been in this position for the past 7 of his 24 years of service as a volunteer firefighter. During his tenure Mike has handled several calls of various situations to help out folks in the Denver area. After being sick since January 1st of this year, Mike was diagnosed with Leukemia on February 9th. He was immediately transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem and was there for several weeks receiving treatments. $9,000 was raised for Mike at our banquet to help out with his medical bills. Mike is now home and in full remission although he is still receiving treatments.
- Our 2014 Hometown Heroes were Benjamin Wardrip and his dog Beau. Benjamin, a retired U.S. Army Veteran who was wounded in Iraq lives in Mooresville. $4,500 was raised for Benjamin and Beau to complete Beau's training as Benjamin's service dog. A special thanks to Beretta for providing our gun for 2014.
- At our Inaugural Banquet we raised $1,200 for Cpl Garrett Carnes, a local Mooresville High School Graduate ‘07, who was seriously wounded in Afghanistan.
- A couple of the committee members had the opportunity to head east and work with several other Atlantic Flyway chapters to help host the 2012 Faces of Freedom hunt. Six wounded veterans were given the opportunity to partake in a week of hunting on the eastern shores of North Carolina.
- At our 2nd Annual Banquet we partnered with Purple Heart Homes to raise $750 for Michael Benfield, a local Gulf War Veteran with a degenerative spinal condition. The funds raised were used by Purple Heart Homes to build an addition on Michael's house.