Operation Warm Heart
In a continuing effort to aid local families in need, the Southern Highlands Memorial Day event benefits Nellis and Creech Air Force Base’s Operation Warm Heart, a private, non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to local airmen and their families.
Hosted by the Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation, the annual celebration is free of charge to event attendees, with all funds collected through food and beverage sales going directly to support Operation Warm Heart.
This year marks the eleventh consecutive year that the celebration will serve as a fundraiser for Operation Warm Heart. According to Garry Goett, president/CEO of Olympia Companies and founder of the Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation, this relationship is a natural one.
“The foundation first initiated Southern Highlands’ annual Memorial Day celebration in 2004 as a remembrance of our fallen heroes in the Armed Forces,” says Goett. “Three years later, we recognized an opportunity for this event to not only honor the memory of those who have served our country but to also support the brave members of our community and their families who are currently serving in the military.”
In addition to the Memorial Day event, the Foundation’s partnership includes fundraising initiatives throughout the year. To date, over $177,000 has been raised to assist local military members and their families.