Pictured Above are Veteran Bill Rapauch, Holly Callan, Assistant General Manager and Kerri Rotunda, Auction Manager
Annual Poppy Sale kicks off Thursday, May 24, 2018.
By Alex Topor, The Corry Journal
The annual Buddy Poppy sale to raise money for local veterans in need will be in full bloom.
Per tradition, the mayor of Corry was presented the first opportunity to buy a poppy at a Corry City Council meeting on Monday. Mayor David Mitchell bought a poppy for $1. After Mitchell, the rest of Council and several audience members also bought a poppy.
“This money goes to disabled veterans and they served our country and represented us. We owe a great debt to these people,” Mitchell said. “When you see a poppy sale, it isn’t someone just selling a little red flower, it really means something. Thankfully, I have the pleasure of buying the first poppy.”
Corry’s 2018 Buddy Poppy sale will be held from Thursday, May 24, to Saturday, May 26. Poppy sales will be at Save-A-Lot, Sander’s Markets, Country Fair, Kwik Fill and Walmart from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Poppies will be handed out at Walmart only on Thursday. Instead of having a set cost, the poppies require a donation of any dollar amount. All money raised by the fundraiser will be used locally.
“All the money goes to help local veterans in need,” said VFW Post 264 Senior Vice Commander Bill Raupach. “For example, one veteran was in the hospital and his wife needed money for expenses, so all we did was write a check to help her and the family. The Poppy Sale really helps our veterans.”
The first Buddy Poppy distribution started nearly 100 years ago in 1922 as a way to honor and raise money for World War I veterans. Since then, the Buddy Poppy sale has become a tradition across the country.
Last year, nationwide, the American Legion Auxiliary distributed nearly 3.5 million poppies, which generated about $2.1 million for veterans. Locally, about $2,000 was raised to help Corry veterans.