OXFORD — Executive Members of the Red Brick Reunion (RBR) Porsche Concours and Car Show and Enjoy Oxford recently recognized the Dayton Honor Flight. The Honor Flight Dayton (HFD) hub director and president was presented with a letter of appreciation along with a donation of $1,000 as a result of the organization’s support to veterans in local communities.
Walter “Walt” Chin and C. Steve Nelson, co-founders and co-chairs of the Red Brick Reunion (RBR) along with Mark Wilson, RBR concours chair presented the letter of appreciation and donation check to Honor Flight Dayton Hub Director and President Al Bailey.
Chin highlighted the letter of appreciation which stated, “On behalf of the 2019 Red Brick Reunion Porsche Concours and Car Show and Enjoy Oxford, our executive board has approved a donation of $1,000 to Honor Flight Dayton. Annually, in August, our Porsche car show is held in Oxford, Ohio, home of Miami University, recognized as a, ‘top five university’ in the U.S. in the category of ‘strong commitment to undergraduate teaching,’ and as a, ‘top 50 national public university.’
The premier car show for Porsche enthusiasts generates proceeds to contribute to selected charities such as the Dayton Honor Flight. Donations have also been made to the American Cancer Society‘s Relay for Life to continue the research and fight against all forms and types of cancer as well as to other charities.
The Red Brick Reunion (RBR) in it’s seventh year originated as a dedicated Porsche car show to pay tribute to the late John Dixon, his family, friends and for his ceaseless passion of the Porsche marquee through the Taj Ma Garaj, Dayton’s former Porsche Museum and event facility. As a businessman, Dixon donated to numerous charitable organizations and businesses which benefited from his sincere generosity and thoughtfulness. His philanthropic endeavors to the needs of the less fortunate and children requiring medical services were commendable.
“This contribution is made in honor and respect of the hard work, dedication and sacrifices Honor Flight Dayton (you and your staff) continue to provide,” Chin added. “Further, the Dayton Honor Flight is recognized for outstanding performance and sustainment of Honor Flight operations as well as serving and supporting veterans in our local and surrounding communities.”
“We wish you and your team all the best throughout the new year as Honor Flight Dayton continues its successful mission,” Chin said.
The Director and President of the Honor Flight Dayton Hub Al Bailey expressed appreciation of the Red Brick Reunion donation and highlighted the importance of the Honor Flight Dayton mission.
“Our mission is to take veterans of the WWII, Korean Era and Vietnam Era wars to see their national memorials in Washington DC. Priority is given to terminally ill veterans from any of these wars,” Bailey said. “These trips, both via air or our Recreation Vehicle Convoy (RVC) ground transportation program, are provided at no cost to all qualified veterans which includes airfare, bus transportation, while in DC, meals, tee-shirts and disposable cameras.”
He added that two flights and one RVC trips are currently scheduled.
“One flight is already scheduled in May and the other trips are in work,” Bailey said. “Honor Flight Dayton contracts with American Airlines to provide our chartered flights. Additional flights are in negotiations for our Fall schedule this year.”
Honor Flight Dayton is able to accommodate approximately 110 to 115 veterans, according to Bailey.
“Every donation — large or small — are welcomed and deeply appreciated,” Bailey said. “Costs for a charter flight, ground transportation, medical teams and logistics support are in excess of $90,000 per flight. Trained Guardians and volunteers selected to accompany our veterans on their Honor Flight contribute $450 to join them as part of our support team throughout their journey. Thank You RBR and Enjoy Oxford.”