On Sunday, February 2, 2024 Fort Loudon Legion Post 606 made a BIG SPLASH giving away over $50,000 to three local community organizations and recognizing 29 member volunteers who give freely of their time and talents. The Sites Family have been volunteering for over 20 years, getting up before the crack of dawn, to ensure that meals are prepared for the many events sponsored by the Post. Club Manager, Ginger Faith and employee, Peg Strine, singlehandedly raised over $6,000 for 2 local families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Additional member volunteers were recognized for their work behind the scenes maintaining the club grounds, providing repairs when needed and cultivating the legion’s relationship with Veterans at the Hollidaysburg Vet Center.
Path Valley Outreach, Friends of Fannett-Metal Athletics and the Metal Township Fire and Ambulance Department were all beneficiaries of the giving spirit that embodies Fort Loudon Legion’s Connected with the Community spirit. Keith Collins, VP of the Metal Township Fire and Ambulance Department received a $15,000 donation to be used toward the purchase of new equipment. Path Vally Outreach representative, Daryl Davis, shared that the donation of $10,000 will be used to supplement the backpack program at Fannett-Metal Elementary, providing approximately 45 students with food each weekend. The $30,000 donation received by the Friends of Fannett-Metal Athletics will be used to continue to support the Junior High sports programs. According to representative, Michelle Keck, “we support eight athletic junior high programs that provides an opportunity for at least 40 middle school children to participate in organized sports teams.”