WESTFIELD, NJ - The Union County American Legion Family held their First Annual Disney Themed Fundraiser for C.O.T.A. on May 14, 2016 hosted by the Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3 in Westfield.

Thomas Hintenach, Union County’s Sergeant-at-Arms and Children and Youth Chairman, after having heard how successful  Mystic Island Post 493’s fundraiser was, decided he was going to do the same thing in Union County.  With the passion and energy that Tom has for the Legion and its programs, especially COTA, and the help of his friend Lenny Hart, American Legion Member and NJ State Representative for COTA, successful does not even begin to describe the day.  Even with the threat of rain, over forty people attended and almost $2,000 was raised.

Breaking the stereotype that the American Legion is a bunch of old men sitting around a bar complaining, this fundraiser was an excellent example of the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization’s commitment to sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities by getting Legion families involved in this great cause.  While some American Legion Riders started off at Post 174 in Wayne, NJ and rode their way to Post 3, others, as seen in the picture, took advantage of the day to bond with family (he’s showing his son how to fold a paper airplane) and help out where needed.   The Somerset Patriots sent their mascot Sparky, Disney characters walked around, and Big Wheel Races were just a small part of the day’s activities planned.

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With donations from local businesses, members of the American Legion, Sons of the Legion, and American Legion Auxiliary volunteered to make this day a wonderful example of how an idea can turn into the first of what will be an annual event which we hope to grow not only in size, but in people’s hearts.

For information on eligibility and membership, you can stop by Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3, 1003 North Avenue West, Westfield after 2:00pm or call 908-232-9689.

For God and Country, in the Spirit of Service, not Self.