On Friday, April 7th (starting at 5:30 pm), Eglin Federal Credit Union and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a banquet for Okaloosa County to honor the 75th Anniversary of the start of World War II. The event will be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island - and we'll be honoring local WWII veterans along with several special WWII vets who will be visiting from around the country for this special evening.
Confirmed Distiguished Guests:
Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole (USAF, Ret.), the last surviving Doolittle Raider
James Leavelle, Pearl Harbor survivor and Dallas Police detective, who was with Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot.
Lewis Varvel, USS Hornet, the ship from which the Doolittle Raiders took off.
Ed Shames, Band of Brothers
Bradford Freeman, Band of Brothers
James "Pee Wee" Martin, 101st Airborne Division
Capt. Jerry Yellin - Army Air Corps - flew final combat mission of World War II
Elinor Otto - The last of the original "Rosie the Riveters"
In addition, from the "Band of Brothers" HBO mini-series, we'll have James "Jimmy" Madio, who played Frank J. Perconte.
We invite you to join us - or even better - to sponsor a table at this exciting commemorative event.
1. Sponsor a table for a visiting World War II Hero or Celebrity Guest* to attend the banquet (reserved table of 10). Eight guests of your choosing will be joined by one of the invited out-of-town visitors and their guest at the banquet - $1,500.
2. Sponsor a table for a local World War II Veteran* (reserved table of 10) - Eight guests of your choosing will be joined by a local vet and their guest at the banquet - $1,000.
3. Corporate table sponsor* (reserved table of 10) - Ten guests of your choosing - $750.
4. Sponsor a local WWII Veteran* and their guest to attend the banquet. You and a guest will join a local WWII Veteran and their guest at a designated table - $250.
*Note: All Table Sponsors and WWII Veteran Sponsors will be acknowledged at Banquet.
5. Individual banquet tickets (general seating) - $50.