High­way to Heroes car show tak­ing a year off as air show re­turns

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News - Matthew Gourlie -- Moose Jaw Ex­press

Af­ter their most suc­cess­ful High­way to Heroes car show to date, the 15 Wing Fel­low­ship group an­nounced they were tak­ing a year off from the event.

The rea­son, how­ever, is a good one: the Saskatchewan Air Show will re­turn this com­ing sum­mer on July 6-7, 2019.

“(15 Wing Com­man­der Col. De­nis O’Reilly) and his won­der­ful team have been a driv­ing force be­hind that. We’re so ex­cited to see it come back. I know it’s go­ing to be ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,” said Fel­low­ship chair­man Aaron Rus­ton. “So, what does this mean for High­way to Heroes 6? We’re go­ing to move our next car show to 2020... we’re go­ing to plug-in help­ing. We want to be an in­te­gral part of the Air Show go­ing for­ward. We want the name 15 Wing Fel­low­ship to be out there. We want to con­tinue to raise funds, so we can help where we can.”

The fifth High­way to Heroes car show was held on July 15th, 2018. The event drew ap­prox­i­mately 8,500 peo­ple and 540 ve­hi­cles. Pro­ceeds from the event have al­ready been dis­trib­uted to or­ga­ni­za­tions like STARS Air Am­bu­lance, Parkin­son’s re­search and went to help pur­chase a ve­hi­cle for the Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre.

“The funds that come in…we work very hard to put it back out to sup­port mil­i­tary fam­i­lies, veter­ans, com­mu­nity,” Rus­ton said.

The Fel­low­ship held the High­way to Heroes ap­pre­ci­a­tion so­cial Wed­nes­day night. They pre­sented Snow­bird lith­o­graphs to Moose Jaw Ford, Moose Jaw EMS, Vaughn Tay­lor and Rawlco Ra­dio. The event’s plat­inum, gold, sil­ver and bronze sup­port­ers were also ac­knowl­edged, as were friends and in-kind sup­port­ers and vol­un­teers. 15 Wing Com­man­der Col. De­nis O’Reilly pre­sented each with a cer­tifi­cate. Moose Jaw Ex­press was pleased to be the re­cip­i­ent of a plat­inum spon­sor­ship award. Pho­tos of some of the hon­ourees are pre­sented, but un­for­tu­nately there were too many pho­tos to pub­lish them all; our apolo­gies.

The evening con­cluded with a tour of the Snow­birds’ Hangar 6.

Bob O’Reilly ac­cepts a vol­un­teer cer­tifi­cate from Col. De­nis O’Reilly.

Joyce Wal­ter from the Moose Jaw Ex­hi­bi­tion Com­pany Vil­lage ac­cepts a plat­inum spon­sor cer­tifi­cate from O’Reilly.

Scott Gree­nough, CAE NFTC Con­trac­tors di­rec­tor, ac­cepts a plat­inum spon­sor cer­tifi­cate from Aaron Rus­ton and Col. O’Reilly.

Gord Ross, pres­i­dent Suka­nen Ship and Pioneer Vil­lage ac­cepts a plat­inum spon­sor cer­tifi­cate from O’Reilly.

Vaughn Tay­lor ac­cepts a Snow­bird litho­graph from 431 Snow­bird Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Lt. Col. Mike French, left, and 431 Squadron Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer Mike Fleet.

Moose Jaw EMS ac­cepts a Snow­bird litho­graph from 431 Snow­bird Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Lt. Col. Mike French, left, and 431 Squadron Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer Mike Fleet.

Doug Cam­bridge from Moose Jaw Ford ac­cepts a plat­inum spon­sor cer­tifi­cate from 15 Wing Com­man­der Col. De­nis O’Reilly.

Shan­non LaBuick ac­cepts a vol­un­teer cer­tifi­cate from O’Reilly.

Gary Frostad ac­cepts a vol­un­teer cer­tifi­cate from O’Reilly.

from Moose Jaw Toy­ota, Tay­lor Volk­swagon, ac­cepts a gold spon­sor cer­tifi­cate from O’Reilly.

Rushabh Modi ac­cepts a vol­un­teer cer­tifi­cate from O’Reilly.

Pat Litzen­berger, right, owner of Safe­way/Sobeys ac­cepts a bronze spon­sor cer­tifi­cate from O’Reilly.

Chris­tian and Joel Miller ac­cept a vol­un­teer cer­tifi­cate from O’Reilly.

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