American Legion Post 250 in Mitchell, IN donates $3,300 to the KTB

On the afternoon of Monday, March 10th, Jill (our COO) and Amy (our Regulatory and Event Coordinator) got on the road and drove to Mitchell, Indiana.  The KTB had been asked to send someone from our office to appear in person to accept a donation from Mitchell’s local American Legion Post 250. As they set off on their drive, Jill and Amy had no idea of the enjoyable experience ahead of them.

Pictured on the right: Rich Ward, Amy Trullinger, Jill Henry, and Bob Williams

Evie Hill was an Auxiliary member, friend, and employee of the American Legion Post 250 for many years.  She was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer many years ago.  In November of 2010 it returned, and she died of the disease on February 5, 2011, two days before the Super Bowl that year.  AL Post 250 quickly organized a small raffle to raise some money for Evie’s family, but the family wanted the money donated to research.  It was decided that, in honor of Evie, the fundraiser would continue on an annual basis.  The next year, 2012, was the year that Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl.  Through our involvement with Indy’s Super Cure, The American Legion heard about the Komen Tissue Bank (KTB) and decided to help in the name of their departed friend, Evie.  Rich Ward became the Organizer of the annual Evie Hall Breast Cancer Event, held each year on Super Bowl Sunday.  On that day American Legion Post 250 opens its doors to the public (normally they are a private club) to sell food and drink and raffle tickets.  They also have a silent auction, featuring items donated from all over town and beyond.  AL Post 250 distributes the funds they raise to the American Legion Clothe-A-Child program, and to the Komen Tissue Bank.

Mitchell, IN, which boasts a population of about 4,300, is a 2-hour drive south from Indianapolis.  It is the birthplace of astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom.  The downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Upon arriving at the legion post in Mitchell, Jill and Amy were greeted warmly and made to feel at home.  They were introduced to some of the locals, including the man who was Evie’s boyfriend. After they had met everyone and chatted for a while, Bob Williams, Commander of AL Post 250,  presented the Komen Tissue Bank with a check for $3,292.45; an amazing donation from a small community with a big heart.  The KTB is so grateful to AL Post 250 and the people of Mitchell, Indiana.

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