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St. Patrick's Pizza Party brings a pot of gold for Kansas Honor Flight


March 25, 2020

Yvonne Miller

Top Left: Kansas Honor Flight president Mike VanCampen (left); Joe Hobbs, Vietnam vet with Kansas Honor Flight; and Dave Blanding, Navy vet with Kansas Honor Flight, join in the pizza-making assembly line. They said how appreciative they are of the efforts of all the people in this area who support their project. Top Middle: Veteran Jim Powell of Hardtner is passionate about raising funds for the Kansas Honor Flight because they do so much for veterans with their once-in-a-lifetime trips to Washington, D.C. Top Right: Sitting by stacks of pizza boxes that are ready to go are Kenny White, a Kansas Honor Flight leader who visits with Ron James of Medicine Lodge Post 69 who cruised down to Hardtner on his motorcycle. Bottom Left: Syd Sterling takes one of the 140 pizzas they sold that day out of the oven. By donation this event raised $4,200 before expenses for the Kansas Honor Flight. Bottom Right: Both veterans, Barber County Sheriff Lonnie Small and Kiowa City Administrator Rusty Varnado come to the pizza fundraiser for the Kansas Honor Flight to help and visit.

The Sunday before St. Patrick's Day was a fun one in Hardtner, Kansas. The restaurant Yur Place buzzed with excitement as members of the Kansas Honor Flight became pizza makers in an assembly-line fashion. Volunteers browned hamburger, dotted pepperoni slices and sauce on VAP crusts for a mouthwatering creation. Local and area veterans all got in on the fun while visiting.

Through it all, owner Syd Sterling was in charge and bent up and down countless times taking pizzas in and out of her ovens while keeping the volunteers organized.


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