Get ready for Operation Military Appreciation

Sponsorships are being accepted for the second annual Operation Military Appreciation.

A group of people have banded together to ask residents to support the local military ‘ohana during the July 4th holiday celebration.

The Sons of Hawai‘i Motorcycle Club in conjunction with Kaua‘i Harley-Davidson, Garden Island Motorsports, Grove Farm Co., and support from the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce and other community businesses will present Operation Military Appreciation on June 28 at the Grove Farm park directly behind Kaua‘i Harley-Davidson in Puhi.

A flier released by the Sons of Hawai‘i Motorcycle Club says Operation Military Appreciation is a fundraising and awareness event dedicated to supporting active military personnel and veterans.

The event, emceed by actor/producer Branscombe Richmond, generates resources to the family readiness support groups for the various military branches. These groups are dedicated to providing assistance to the spouses and children of Kaua‘i’s active military personnel who are sent abroad to serve the nation.

Beneficiaries of Operation Military Appreciation include Na Ohana Ki‘ai o Kaua‘i (the Air National Guard family readiness group), C-Troop 299th CAV RSTA (Kaua‘i Army National Guard family readiness group), the Kaua‘i Navy Family Readiness and the Kaua‘i Veterans Council.

Dennis Esaki, vice president of the Sons of Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i Chapter, said support is needed financially as well as just coming out to show support.

Operation Military Appreciation is designed to provide festivities and fun for the entire family with live music, lucky number drawings, local food and vendor booths as well as inflatable waterslides for the keiki.

A military honor guard will do the presentation of colors to start the festivities at 11 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Music will continue until 9 p.m.

A guided motorcycle ride kicks off the event with skill competition for motorcycle enthusiasts lined up.

Sponsorship levels start at $25 for a supporter status. Contributions of $100 to $249 earn an honor guard listing and contributions of $250 to $499 earn a blue status with a banner to be displayed at the event.

A white sponsor contributes $500 to $999 and gets a banner, as well as mentions in newspaper and radio advertising. Contributions of $1,000 or more get a stage banner as well as mentions in newspaper and radio advertising.

Donations and gifts are tax deductible, and all proceeds stay on island to help the Kaua‘i ‘ohana.

Checks should be made out to Operation Military Appreciation and mailed to P.O. Box 662007, Lihu‘e, HI 96766.

For more information, call Kaua‘i Harley-Davidson at 241-7020, or e-mail Tony Ricci at atmkauai@aol.com.

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