A unique fundraiser at Suncoast High School Nov. 20 will feature more than a dozen World War II veterans, a military tank and gourmet hamburgers.
The school’s Honor Flight Club, headed by IB history teacher David Traill, will present “An Evening with War Veterans” from 4:45-8:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1717 Ave. S.
A fundraiser to support Honor Flight, a nonprofit organization that flies World War II and terminally ill veterans to Washington to visit the World War II Memorial, the event will feature reenactors in period uniforms, a display of military equipment and two panels of World War II veterans — one composed of Air Force servicemen and the other of prisoners of war — discussing their wartime experiences.
Traill hopes to draw a big crowd of students, parents and history enthusiasts to the school for the event, which is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at https://palmbeach.schoolcashonline.com/.
“We’re not just in the business of educating our own students,” Traill said of the event. “We’re in the business of educating the community as well about some of the people in our area. They may not realize what these guys were doing so long ago.”
The club has raised thousands of dollars for Honor Flight during the past several years through a variety of fundraising initiatives, including a popular daytime lecture series featuring veterans, Holocaust survivors and others with a personal connection to history.
The Evening with War Veterans program is the first fundraising event to be held in the evening.
“This is a new event for us,” Traill said. “In the past six years we’ve done things during the day for our students. But we’ve always gotten parents and other people we’ve talked to who asked us why we couldn’t do this at night. We decided to bow to popular pressure.”
The school’s Photo Club will take pictures and print them for guests at the event, the Culinary Club will sell burgers and hot dogs and the French Club will provide desserts.
For a $5 donation, guests can wear a helmet and have their picture taken in the World War II tank, which will be brought to campus along with other military equipment by the Road to Victory Military Museum in Stuart.
For information, contact Traill at email@example.com.