Sport Clips Haircuts presented the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) foundation a check in the amount of $450,000 in Kansas City, MO to continue to help service members communicate with their loved ones. Sport Clips’ raised the funds through its annual Help a Hero campaign designed to benefit the VFW’s “Operation Uplink,” a program that provides free satellite phone and computer talk time to deployed and hospitalized service members.
“We really want to thank our clients who showed support for our troops with additional donations and our hard-working Sport Clips team members who took time during their work day and beyond to raise money,” said Gordon Logan, Sport Clips Founder and CEO.
Cassie Guy, owner of the Port Arthur, TX franchise, attended the ceremony and was proud to say that her team was able to raise the most money as a store because of their personal commitment. On off hours, team members raised funds by holding garage and bake sales, auctions and tailgates at a nearby university to increase awareness and donations for the program.
“We are enormously grateful to the entire Sport Clips family for their remarkable effort to assist the VFW in aiding veterans and service members,” VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer said as he accepted the check.
Combined, the 825 national locations have provided more than $1.3 million over the past five years, including the two largest single gifts received by the program, making 1.5 million calls home possible last year. This year’s donation is expected to fund 17 call days in the upcoming year.