Bob Carnagey, local host of the Northwest Indiana Friends of Folds of Honor, said he hoped to raised between $5,000 and $10,000, which will add to the $60,000 netted the past three years through local golf tournaments and other fundraising events.
Folds of Honor was founded in 2007 by Maj. Dan Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot and golf professional. More than 1 million people have been affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, but 85 percent of dependents do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance.
Those at the dinner included members of the Indiana National Guard 113th Engineer Battalion and 713th Engineer Company, as well as other veterans.
Dale Ready, senior ride captain with the Indiana Patriot Guard, said the local effort to raise money for military families gets better every year.
“This is what it’s really all about — service to families of the fallen,” Ready said. “The benefits of this are absolutely amazing. When you see the look on that child or spouse’s face, you’re hooked.”