Major David A. Borden, USMC and Jim Smail accepted a check on behalf of Feherty's Troops First Foundation, as part of a presentation held at the Youngwood SHOP 'n SAVE.
The funds were raised by SHOP 'n SAVE through their "Earn Your Wings" campaign in conjunction with the Westmoreland County International Airshow 2016. Shoppers contributed to the "Earn Your Wings" campaign by giving a $1 donation and writing their name on a pair of wings displayed in the store. The Youngwood location alone raised over $6500 from the local community, the most money in the area, and was selected to be the location of the check presentation.
Jamie Swytalski, assistant office manager of the Youngwood SHOP 'n SAVE presented the $20,906 check on behalf of the cashiers and employees who went above and beyond in their efforts in collecting donations. "It's always our honor," said Swytalski. "We try our very best every year to raise money for Troops First Foundation. We're very passionate about it, this community, this store. We just rally around this and make it a priority." As a token of appreciation, Jamie Fincke, VP of Jamieson Family Markets, was awarded commemorative 2016 Airshow coins for his employees, as well as a framed Airshow poster signed by Arnold Palmer for display in their store.
Major Borden was honored to be a part of the presentation and to accept the check on Feherty's Troops First Foundation's behalf. The nonprofit foundation works to provide meaningful assistance to US military service members and their families by developing, operating, and supporting wellness, quality of life and event-based initiatives.
Borden says the foundation is important to him because they were there for him ever since he received a phone call from David Feherty while laying in his hospital bed recovering from injuries sustained in combat in Iraq in 2008. "It's because of Troops First Foundation, why I am where I am today," Borden says. "Not only did they take care of me, but they took care of my family. They also took care of every other wounded service member at that time. [They] helped me reintegrate into the world that I once knew. Whether it was through hunting events, whether it was through sporting events, specifically golf, or just a phone call from David Feherty or another wounded service member to help get me through a difficult time."
Next year's Westmoreland County International Airshow will be June 24th & 25th and is headlined by the US Navy Blue Angels. SHOP 'n SAVE will be raising funds again for Feherty's Troops First Foundation. Their fundraising goal for 2017? "Higher. Always higher, always higher," laughed Swytalski.