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The Citrus County Tax Collector Office, in partnership with Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart, raised $12, 623.43 during its spring fundraising campaign for the benefit of the Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF). The not for profit CCVF provides grant assistance to honorably discharged veterans or their surviving spouses in urgent financial crisis. Since inception of the partnership in 2004, the Tax Collector Office has raised $169, 609.74 for the benefit of local veterans or their surviving spouses. Left front row: Robin Mecler, Demerise Teague & Lydia Dunn, top Tax Collector Office fundraisers; Marian Nosal, Tax Collector Office Administration Director; Carlton "Mac" McLeod, CCVF President. Left back row: Joe McClister, Chapter 776 Finance Officer; Ron Lundberg, CCVF Director; Richard Hunt, Chapter 776 & CCVF Director; Bud Allen, Chapter 776 Commander; John McGee, CCVF Director; and Curt Ebitz, Chapter 776 Adjutant & CCVF Vice President.

During the Purple Heart breakfast commemorating the 237th anniversary of the Purple Heart on August 3, 2019, the Citrus County Building Alliance (CCBA) presented the combat wounded veterans of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart with a donation of $5,000 from the proceeds of the Alliance's 24th Annual Family Fishing Tournament presented by Apopka Marine. Since 2012, fishing tournament proceeds donated to Chapter 776 total over $28,600. Left: Chapter 776 Fishing Tournament Liaison Richard Hunt; Chapter 776 Commander Richard "Bud" Allen; CCBA Life Director Eric Swart of Hughes Exterminators; CCBA President Ken Lindquist of Ken Lindquist Corp; CCBA President Elect Mark Hammer of Hammer's Carpentry; Ana Sims of Nick Nicholas Ford, Tournament Sponsor; Tournament Chairman John Jobe; Independent Member; Donna Bidlack, CCBA Executive Director; and Marie Brotnitsky of Duke Energy, Tournament Committee. The Purple Heart Tournament Sponsor was Nature Coast Financial Advisors, Inc.

Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart presented a $300 check to the Nature Coast Ministries Dental Clinic to support the provision of free dental care to homeless and low-income veterans. Since 2014, Nature Coast Ministries Dental Clinic has provided free dental care valued at $440,100 to a total of 1,819 veteran and non-veteran homeless and low-income patients. Left: Curt Ebitz, Chapter 776 Adjutant, Richard "Bud" Allen, Chapter 776 Commander; Sue Grable, Nature Coast Ministries Director; Bonnie McMullin, Nature Coast Ministries Director of Public Relations;and Joe McClister, Chapter 776 Finance Officer.

Chapter 776/Unit 776 members enjoying the 24th Annual Veterans Dinner and Program at Inverness Primary School on February 12, 2019.


Kim Menster-Stibbs receives donation from Chapter 776 to help further her education.

Patriots of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH presented a $200 donation to the Nature Coast Young Marines during the youth organization's May meeting. Left: Curt Ebitz, Richard Hunt, Chapter Commander Bud Allen, Young Marine MSgt Adam Ault, Young Marine adult leader Lisa Gonzales, Zig Laska and Will Korber.

2016 Pearl Harbor Dinner Holiday Social

Cdr. Allen (center) presented Carol & Rick Allen with the Citrus County Veterans Day Parade Award of Merit for earning “Best Theme” for the chapter’s float. 

Chapter 776 presented a $1000 check to the Stay In Step Spinal Cord Recovery Center founded and operated by Chapter 776 Patriot Romy Camargo and his wife Gabriela.   Left: Cdr. Bud Allen, Richard Hunt, Romy Camargo, Zig Laska, Gabriela Camargo, Nancy Laska and Curt Ebitz.

Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart, P.O. Box 1345, Lecanto, FL 34460-1345

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