MARYSVILLE, Ohio—The Union County Military Family Support Group and Cardinal Health held a concert fundraiser May 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Marysville Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. The event raised money for the 585th Military Police Company and Battery C, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment’s Family readiness groups.
Cardinal Health’s Ron Reich, the overall coordinator for the event, approached the Union County Military Family Support Group with an offer to put on this concert for the community’s FRGs.
Bonnie Bonnell, secretary of the Union County Military Family Support Group, said that Cardinal Health approached them about a year ago to plan the event.
The Cardinal Health Chamber Orchestra and choir conducted by William Miller performed a variety of classic American songs. Selections included “Summertime” by George Gershwin and “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller.
Marysville-based Soldiers from the 585th Military Police Company and Battery C, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, helped set up before the concert and provided a color guard while the choir sung the different military branch’s songs.
Retired Lt. Col. Kenneth Bonnell called the event a success.
“I thought the Soldiers did very well,” he said.
Bonnie Bonnell agreed and said the flag detail was outstanding.
The 585th brought out an armored security vehicle and Battery C displayed an Avenger air defense missile system for the public to see and ask questions about
.“I was glad to answer people's questions about the ASV and I was shocked at how much I could remember since I received my two-week class on the vehicle almost one year ago,” said Spc. Elliot Klosterman of the 585th. “I appreciated the opportunity to talk to older veterans about their service and how the vehicles have changed over the years.”
Cardinal Health not only sponsored the event, but also offered to match any funds raised up to $2,600. The concert raised about $1,300 and with Cardinal Health’s match the fundraiser brought in $2,600. The Union County Military Family Support Group will divide the money between the 585th and Battery C FRGs.
Both groups are currently planning major events with the 585th preparing to return home from deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Battery C preparing for deployment this fall. The FRGs are looking forward to the events for their Soldiers this summer and early fall because of the fantastic community support and donations.
“I thought the event was really well planned and benefited the family readiness groups tremendously,” Klosterman said. “I was slightly shocked by the high turnout and at how much money we were able to raise. I thought the band and choir performed especially well and overall I am glad to have participated in this event.”