DuPage Veterans Foundation
Established in 2011 as a 501c3 non-profit organization, the DuPage Veterans Foundation seeks to recognize the needs of our DuPage Veterans and provide fundraising efforts directed at expressing gratitude for all they have sacrificed for our freedom and safety.
Our organization’s premier initiative in 2012 was a charitable event to benefit Honor Flight Chicago.
Honor Flight Chicago is a 501c3 non-profit organization that gives WWII and Korean War Veterans a day of honor by flying them free of charge to Washington, D.C. for a day of viewing and reflection at the war memorials. Note: Veterans should register for a flight directly through Honor Flight Chicago. Flights are provided through Southwest Airlines and leave from Midway Airport. There is often a waiting list, so please do not delay in submitting your application for this wonderful opportunity!
The 2012 event paid tribute to more than 100 WWII Veteran guests in attendance, and raised enough money to fund an entire flight through Honor Flight Chicago. Because of the it’s success, this endeavor continues each year.
The venue for this event is unique and fun, taking place in the Calamos Hangar at the DuPage Airport Authority in West Chicago. WWII and Korean War Veterans are our honored guests, and all of the music, amazing displays of vintage military aircraft, vehicles, and memorabilia are of that Era. Tribute is paid to all of our military with a touching patriotic program that includes bagpipers, posting of colors, “Taps”, Roll Call, and much more. To increase the fundraising potential, there is a silent auction (of donations made by a very supportive community of businesses and individuals) and a split-the-pot raffle. The DuPage Veterans Foundation is compromised solely of volunteers. 100% of the profits benefit Honor Flight Chicago.
This event is made possible through the gracious support and resources of the DuPage Airport Authority, Calamos Investments, and the City of West Chicago. We thank them for their commitment to honoring our veterans!
In loving memory of Mayor Michael Kwasman, the late Mayor of West Chicago, who worked so hard to make this organization a success for no other reason than to give our War heroes the honor they deserve.