HUNTSVILLE -- Walker County residents came through in a big way to help show how much they appreciate the men and women who are injured overseas while serving in the military.
After all the donations were tallied, the fourth annual Wounded Warriors Banquet held Jan. 17 at the Walker County Fairgrounds raised more than $60,000 for wounded warrior efforts. The money will be sent to the Warrior Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, which helps injured soldiers and their families adjust to civilian life.
"All in all it was very successful," said Jimmy Wood, one of the event organizers. "We talked to the people at the Warrior Support Center and they are very grateful."
More than 900 people packed the fairgrounds for the event, which featured keynote speaker retired Col. David Sutherland. The Wounded Warriors Banquet also donated $5,000 to the Center for Military and Veteran Community Services, for which Sutherland serves as executive director.
Able's Sporting of Huntsville and its customers raised $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Support Center. An additional $20,000 was also presented to the HALO for Freedom Foundation, which also supports wounded warriors.
"We did not raise as much money as we did last year, but we had more expenses and the auction was a little down," Wood said. "But the event was a success as usual, and we would like to thank everyone who participated in the banquet, the volunteers who made it all possible and the generous folks who live here."
The fifth annual Wounded Warriors Banquet is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2014.