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Local DAR raises $10,000 for Camp Hope

The Sarah Barton Murphy Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a trivia night/silent auction in January to help U.S. wounded warriors.

Cara Akridge, Farmington Chapter regent, presented a check for $10,000 to Camp Hope at its annual open house held April 14.

“The DAR is so proud to assist Camp Hope in its mission to honor our brave men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country,” Akridge said. “The more the DAR and I become acquainted with Camp Hope and the good work done here, the more impressed we are with their vision, commitment and compassion for our veterans.”

Nestled on a 170-acre farm near Farmington, Camp Hope was created by William “Mike” White and his wife, Galia, in memory of their son, Christopher White. He was killed in combat in Iraq. The mission of Camp Hope is to “honor the fallen by helping the wounded.” Located in the rolling Missouri hills, Camp Hope provides a panorama of rural America with its cool streams, magnificent granite boulders and graveled pathways winding through its woodlands.

There is an abundance of wildlife and the ridges are perfect for hiking, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing or just communing with nature. During turkey and dear hunting season, Camp Hope offers combat wounded veterans free hunting trips and lodging in ADA approved, handicapped accessible cabins.

Surrounded by other national and state parks, Camp Hope soldiers also have access to other facilities for canoeing, hiking or golfing. The camp also provides a bonding environment for wounded veterans around a fire pit or at the centralized lodge.

The Sarah Barton Murphy Chapter thanked a number of businesses/people that supported the trivia night/silent auction, including Bonne Terre Knights of Columbus; Anheuser-Busch and Soaring Eagle Distributors; St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues; Branson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan; Johnson Distributing; Little Caesars Pizza; Bonne Terre Country Mart; Gillam’s Professional Lawn Service; Parkland Health Center (BJC); Gold Star Grillers Gary and Brenda Windsor; Kim Hutson, Owner Coldwell Banker Hulsey Real Estate; Associate Circuit Judge Shawn McCarver; St. Francois County Recorder Steve Grider, Public Administrator Gary Matheny, and Sheriff Dan Bullock; Nicholas Marino, D.D.S.; Walmart Stores of Desloge, Farmington, and Potosi; The Fancy Crow, The Blackbird Cafe´, Ole Crow’s Nest, and Patches and Lace Quilt Shop in Potosi; Terre du Lac Country Club and Golf Course; The Feminine Touch, Salon 126, Andrea’s Salon, Core Salon and Hair Barn; JB Contracting; Benham Street Grill; Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy; Edgcliff Winery; Expressions by Dennis; Independent Journal; Handicraft Manufacturing; Holekamps Hardware; Millers Gas Station; Dairy Queen and Homestead Restaurant; Hampton Inn; Family Video; and the Farmington High School ROTC.

The DAR also thanked the trivia players and volunteers who attended the fundraiser and made the event a success.

“The DAR could not have raised $10,000 without the help of the wonderful, generous people and businesses in our community who joined together in support of Camp Hope and its mission,” Akridge said. “We thank you all for remembering and honoring our disabled veterans.”

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Cara Akridge, Farmington chapter regent, presents a check for $10,000 to Camp Hope at its annual open house held April 14.

Cara Akridge, Farmington chapter regent, presents a check for $10,000 to Camp Hope at its annual open house held April 14.

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