782 – Vietnam Vet Vernon G. Hollifield honored with a charity in his name

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Vernon Hollifield in Vietnam

Some people up in South Carolina are doing a nice thing to honor the memory of a Vietnam Veteran who gave his life for his country in that war. The deed was described in a story from the Greenville Online website titled: New charity honors life of man killed in Vietnam War submitted by Angelia Davis, davisal@greenvilleonline.com.

In her story, Davis tells how family and friends set up a charity to honor the memory of Vernon G. Hollifield. His life was taken in Vietnam on August 25, 1966, during the Battle of Bong Trang. On August 22, 2016 The Vernon G. Hollifield Children’s Charity, became official “three days short of exactly 50 years since Vernon’s death.” The charity was created by Vernon’s brother Walt and family friend Eddie Burnett.

The charity will have a dual purpose according to Walt Hollifield. First to honor the memory of his brother Vernon and to “honor our Vietnam Veterans by assisting children of all ages,” Burnett said. To accomplish those missions the charity foundation is announcing its first fundraiser — “NASCAR Helmets for Children.” The announcement was made at Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville.

Three NASCAR stars, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson autographed six NASCAR helmet replicas that will be given away as prizes in a raffle supporting the fundraiser. Winners will be named at 11 a.m. March 31 at Shriners Hospital in Greenville.

The event will be a partnership with the Hejaz Shrine Temple, the Vernon G. Hollifield Children’s Charity and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Tickets are being sold in the community through Shriners, automobile collector car clubs, show car clubs, businesses, veterans groups, and VFW centers, Walt Hollifield said.

The raffle is open to all so you are encouraged to enter the raffle no matter where you live to help remember and honor this brave Vietnam Veteran. Tickets are only $2.00 each.

For more information about the raffle and/or the Vernon G. Hollifield Children’s Charity contact the Foundation at:

Vernon G. Hollifield Foundation

P.O. Box 218

Easley, SC 29640

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