As a result of the Hopkins County Freedom Ball 2018, $82,600 will be available to fund the engraving of names, maintenance, and the kiosk at the Hopkins County Veteran’s Memorial located in downtown Sulphur Springs. Organizers announced the results of the fund raiser conducted recently at the Canyon Creek Event Center. Additional funds will also be made available thanks to the commitment to monthly contributions made during the event.
Organizers were pleased with the event and have already reserved the Hopkins County Civic Center for the 2019 Freedom Ball set for March 30, 2019.
The first-ever Hopkins County Freedom Ball, held Saturday April 7, 2018, honored current and retired military men and women as well as sought to fund future needs of the Veterans Memorial. Attendees of this year’s Ball were treated to a catered dinner and dancing with music by the Kelley Fletcher Band and by Monty Tipps and Main Street. Many of the veterans were dressed in military uniform and stood as branches of service were recognized. Other program highlights included a spoken rendition of “Ragged Old Flag” by committee member Clayton McGraw and guest speaker Chris Jackson, Lt. Col, Retired, USMC who attended with his wife, a 26-year veteran of the USMC, Retired. Jackson addressed the crowd on the value of veterans within communities, the challenges facing the military today, and the importance of supporting military personnel for the sacrifices they and their families make. Attendees were encouraged to make donations toward engraving the yet unfunded names of veterans, estimated at some 2,000 names of Hopkins County soldiers from all wars, on the memorial.
Anyone wanting to help in this cause may donate at hcfreedomball.com or see Pam Elliott at Rooster Roast Coffee Bar, 220 Connally Street in Sulphur Springs, Texas for details on how to sponsor a Veteran.