To: All MARC members and local Radio AmateursWhat: Smiles Charity 2015When: Sunday, May 24, 2: 30p - 10: 30pm
It is time for this year's Smiles Charity event for 2015, and MARC has been invited to participate! Last year, MARC members provided valuable communication coordination during the entire concert event, as well as monitored weather and ancillary conditions that could affect public safety.
The Smiles Charity is an all-volunteer, non-profit event benefiting wounded veterans in Collin County. "We started doing skating rink and karaoke fund-raising events 15 years ago", says Dr. Jennifer Buchanan, founder of the Smiles Charity and a local McKinney resident. "Our goal was to raise money to build housing for wounded veterans and their families. Over the past 10 years, we have been fortunate to organize an annual all-volunteer fund-raising concert right here in McKinney. So far, we have built 8 homes for local wounded vets returning from service."
"Our long-term plan is to use our annual event as a template for similar events across the country."Dr. Buchanan continues, "Our many volunteers are the reason we have been able to build the Smiles Charity Concert into a successful event each year. And MARC was a big part of making our 2014 event run as smoothly as it did, especially considering the weather last year. We are very grateful to the MARC radio operators for their continuing support this year."
For this year, the organizers are introducing the 1st Annual Smiles Charity Motorcycle Ride (hosted by the American Legion Riders Post 96). This will present additional traffic control requirements for the organizers, and a chance for MARC to shine with our services.
For more information, visit the Smiles Charity website at www.SmilesCharity.org .