Grand Strand Chapter
MOAA-Eggs Up Grill Initiative “Coffee with a Veteran” By Greg Youngman
On November 9th , eighteen Grand Strand Chapter volunteers participated in a successful new fundraising partnership with 9 Eggs Up Grill (EUG) restaurants located throughout the Grand Strand. This initiative titled “Coffee with a Vet” enabled our volunteers to represent veterans and to interact with many local restaurant customers and former service members and their families. At the event, flyers were available upon request that highlighted Area Veterans Resources, Chapter Accomplishments (2014 thru 2017), and membership applications for the Chapter. All beverage proceeds earned that day will be disseminated to needy veterans and their families in Horry and Georgetown counties.
The project was a joint effort between the consortium of Eggs UP Grill owners and managers and our MOAA Chapter. Planning began for the fundraiser in early September with Joe Burger, EUG point person. A Chapter Committee (Greg Youngman, Bob Hawkins, Rufus Manning, and Greg Hill) also was organized to identify the potential needs of various veteran charitable organizations and needy veteran families. Since the Chapter has donated previously to many of the area veteran organizations throughout the Grand Strand Area, the committee was charged with identifying new veteran donation sites and areas that required further funding.
In consultation with the EUG consortium and the Chapters’ Board, the committee recommended that the funds be donated to area veterans and their families for purchasing groceries over the Holiday Season. The fundraiser raised over $4500 that will benefit approximately 40 veterans and their families in the Horry and Georgetown County areas. Monies will be distributed through the VA Vet Center in Myrtle Beach and the Low Country Veterans group in Georgetown in early December.
This cooperative venture with Eggs Up Grill and the Chapter enabled us to continue to strengthen our outreach efforts with local veteran resources and to directly reach needy veteran families throughout our community. In addition, it continued to reflect our Chapter’s mission of playing a pivotal role in pursuing community veteran outreach projects that benefit our veteran population throughout the Grand Strand area! Our hope is that it will be a successful and cooperative annual event in the years to come.