"Defenders of Freedom" event in Addison, TX with Sal Giunta

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"Defenders of Freedom" event in Addison, TX with Sal Giunta

My friends at Defenders of Freedom are holding an event this weekens in Addisone Texas with Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta to raise money for guys from the 173rd.  You might remember Defenders of Freedom from the help they gave us on outing Tim Poe, the phony on America's Got Talent.

From my friend Leta, who attended our convention last year:

I think you all know that Defenders of Freedom is hosting a fundraiser at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, TX this coming Saturday night to raise funds to fly any of the wounded from all units of the 173rd ABCT who are currently in US hospitals back to Italy and Germany for the memorial services of each unit post-deployment.  Sal Giunta, who served in that unit, is the guest of honor.  Sal is extremely excited about this project and the fundraiser.

As part of the fundraiser we have five auction items.  Three of the items, an American Airline simulator experience, a sporting clays/shooting range experience with a wounded Soldier at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds and a round of Golf with a wounded Soldier at the Dallas Cowboys Golf Club will only be bid on by those at the actual fundraiser.  However, we have two items that we would like for folks across the nation to be able to bid on in hopes of (to be quite honest) accessing some deep pockets.  Those two items are a print called "Shared Valor" and the 3rd Edition of the Medal of Honor book which is signed by several of the Medal of Honor recipients.  I don't know yet how many signed it.  Sal has the book at home and is traveling and couldn't remember.  When he gets to Dallas we will post on the Defenders of Freedom page who signed the book.

Each item, Shared Valor print and the Medal of Honor book, will have a separate thread on Defenders of Freedom's facebook page.  Anyone who would like to bid will need to "Like" the Defenders of Freedom facebook page and then can bid on either or both items.

I have attached a word document with photos of each of the items that we are going to allow folks to bid on via Defenders of Freedom's facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/DefendersOfFreedom?fref=ts

We will have someone monitoring the bids on facebook and someone monitoring the bids at the event and updating at each place.  The bidding will begin at 6:30 PM Central time on Saturday February 2, 2013 and will end at 8:15 PM Central time Saturday February 2, 2013.  The highest bidder will be required to be available immediately via phone to provide payment method and shipping address.  If they are not immediately available the item will go to the next highest bidder.

The painting is awesome:


Defenders of Freedom have been good friends to us here, and help us, so if you feel so inclined, head on over to their Facebook page.


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