Military Banner BBQ Dinner Fundraiser: September 13
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: August 14, 2013
A Military Banner BBQ Dinner Fundraiser is taking place on Friday, September 13, at the Community Center to raise money to revive Santa Paula’s Military Banner Program.
The City of Santa Paula salutes all residents who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces through this program. Just take a walk down 10th Street or Santa Barbara Street, and you’ll see our community’s pride in its active-duty residents by spotting the 39 banners that are on display with the name and branch of service of each honoree. Yet many of these banners have become badly faded or torn, and some residents currently on active duty have yet to be honored with their own banner, because funding from the community is desperately needed to continue this program.
Councilmember and Former Mayor Bob Gonzales started the Military Banner Program in Santa Paula in 2008 to express the community’s pride, support and gratitude for city residents who are currently active in the U.S. Military. When the individual’s service ends, the honoree’s banner is taken down and presented to him/her at a council meeting or other function for recognition in appreciation for their service. However, the city currently has no funding to continue this program.
The purchase of these banners is funded entirely through donations. Presently, 14 banners are in need of replacement. Moreover, the city can accommodate 47 additional banners for residents who are currently serving but not yet recognized through this program. For this reason, every member of the community is invited to purchase an $8 dinner ticket, which will buy tasty barbeque chicken complemented with rice, beans, salad and roll. Each ticket also includes a $3 coupon for a purchase of any large or x-large pizza from Zapparelli’s. More importantly, 100 percent of the money generated by the sales of the tickets will go to support the Military Banner Program.
The Santa Paula Firefighter’s Association is funding the purchase of the food and packaging for the dinner, and the firefighters are personally cooking the dinners at the Community Center. Gary Zapparelli has also shown support by funding the printing of the dinner tickets. This means that every dollar raised will go to support this program.
Show that you value and honor the work of the Santa Paulans who are serving our country by purchasing a BBQ Dinner ticket at the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, Best of VC Marketplace inside the Agriculture Museum, and at the Santa Paula Times at 120 Davis Street. Or if you wish to make a donation, checks should be made payable to the Santa Paula Police and Fire Foundation (SPPFF), P.O. Box 162, Santa Paula, CA 93061.