To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.

To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.



The Citrus County Building Alliance (CCBA) Fishing Tournament Committee presented proceeds from the 2020 CCBA Annual Family Fishing Tournament, presented by Apopka Marine, to Richard Hunt, Commander, Aaron A Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart at the recent CCBA Annual Awards and Installation Banquet.  Left: Staci Hedge of Weber Glass, Commander Richard Hunt, John and Dusty Porter of Porter’s Locksmithing, Tournament Chairwoman Katrina Leturno, 25th Anniversary Sponsors Brad & Kelly Ellis of Triton Construction and Eric Swart of Hughes Exterminators. 

The Citrus County Tax Collector Office and its top three fundraisers were recognized for their recent fundraising campaign conducted in partnership with Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart that raised $11,317.78 for the benefit of the Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF), which provides grant assistance to local honorably discharged veterans and their surviving spouses.  Since inception of the partnership in 2004, the Tax Collector Office has raised over $191,000.  

Left 1st row: Richard Hunt, Chapter 776 Commander and CCVF Director; top fundraisers Yja Bradley, Robin Mecler, & Dawn Craig; Curt Ebitz, CCVF President & Chapter 776 Adjutant; Mike Schlaudraff, Chapter 776; Tom Green, CCVF Treasure; Barbara Mills, CCVF Director.  Left 2nd row: Mickey Hunt, Chapter 776; Annie Fair, Chapter 776; Sandy Cross, Chapter 776; Linda Schlaudraff, Chapter 776; Doug Hockenberry, CCVF Director; Tom Sellars, CCVF Director; Joe McClister, Chapter 776 Finance Officer; Bob Huscher, CCVF Director.  Robin Mecler was presented with a Distinguished Service Award by Chapter 776 Commander Hunt in recognition of her devotion to Citrus County veterans by consistently being the top campaign fundraiser.

Chapter 776 Commander Richard Hunt presented Robin Mecler of the Citrus County Tax Collector Inverness Office with a Distinguished Supporter Award in recognition of her raising $3,878.86 of the total amount raised during the recent campaign and for her devotion to helping Citrus County veterans in need by consistently being the top fundraiser for each campaign. 




Chapter 776 

named Best Purple Heart Chapter in Florida


                         Vikki Pietras

      selected as Department of Florida 

        Associate Member of the Year

Sandy Cross 

selected as Department of Florida 

Jonas Jacobsen Volunteer of the Year


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.

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

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