Fund raiser brings in $3,000 for 2003 Air Festival

Wednesday, November 6, 2002

A banquet, wine tasting and silent auction has raised about $3,000 for the 2003 Air Festival, scheduled for June 21-22 at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.

Saturday's fund raiser was held at the Cape Girardeau Elks Lodge with former Blue Angels pilot Lt. Col. Larry Packer as the featured speaker.

"We had 150 people there," said Bruce Loy, airport manager. "We were really pleased."

The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport has sporadically hosted an air show for many years, and organizers have tried to make it an annual event since 1998.

But this year's air festival was canceled due to lack of funding.

Loy said the city of Cape Girardeau doesn't fund the air festival. The city supports the event and provides money upfront, but funding for the shows -- which can add up to $100,000 -- is provided through sponsorships, admission fees and concessions.

Four veterans -- Herbert A. Brase, Air Force; Dale Wolfen-koehler, Marine Corps; Marvin Drum, Army; and Jack Sheppard, Navy -- were honored at Saturday's fund raiser.

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