University of South Carolina Hosts Honor Flight Festival for WW II Vets

February 11, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – February 11, 2009 – The Festival Planning and Management class of the University of South Carolina’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management is raising $50,000 in order to sponsor and send approximately 100 of South Carolina’s World War II veterans to see the national monument in Washington, DC this fall.

The class of 53 students is working on behalf of Bill Dukes, chairman of the Honor Flight South Carolina program. Bill Dukes started the program over two years ago. Since then, the program has sent one successful flight (approximately 90 veterans) to see the national monument in Washington. Two more flights are scheduled to go this spring.

Veterans don’t have to pay a thing for the trip. Honor Flight SC provides participants with an all-inclusive, memorable, one-day trip. The cost? Roughly $50,000. That’s why the students of USC have decided to help raise funds. They would like to sponsor one full flight of nearly 100 veterans on behalf of the college.

In addition to collecting monetary contributions, students are also holding an Honor Flight Festival on April 25, 2008. This festival will be held at 701 Whaley Street in Columbia. The festival will include a race/walk in the morning and live music, a silent auction, shag lessons, food and fun later in the evening. All proceeds will go directly to the Honor Flight SC program.

For complete information on supporting the Honor Flight, visit For ticket information regarding the Honor Flight Festival, email [email protected].

Your Donation to Honor Flight SC

All contributions made to Honor Flight SC are processed through the South Carolina Guard Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, and are tax deductible. Donations can be made out to and sent to the South Carolina Guard Foundation, Inc. at 551 Granby Lane, Columbia, SC 29201. Make sure to write “USC-Honor Flight SC” on the memo line of your check.