A Salute to Our Heroes Foundation
August 2021
A Special Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors & Donors
On behalf of A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation, we would personally like to thank all of our Sponsors and Donors for their gracious donations to the Specialist Ethan J. Martin Scholarship Fund for helping Veterans and their families in 2021.
Purple Heart Sponsor
Gia Mia
Fitzgerald Family Foundation
McGrath Honda – St. Charles, IL

Medal of Honor Sponsor
Amita Health – St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, IL
Horizon Carpentry Inc
McGrath Honda – Randall Road, Elgin, IL
Eric Nosal & Karin Wittich

Gold Star Sponsor
John Castaneda Law Office
Country Financial
CVP Installations LLC
State Representative Anna Moeller
National University of Health Science
Straightline Exteriors LLC
Team Installers Contractors

Silver Star Sponsor
HWH Environmental
Skitch Electric Company / Engineering Electric Contractors
Fox Valley Shooting Range

Canteen Sponsor
American Legion Riders Post #57
Nancy Gentile
Dona Stretch
Skycrest Homes LLC

Tee Sign Sponsor
Associated Imaging Specialists
Brittain’s Express Oil and Lube
Danny’s Pizza
Davis Family
Dundee Collision, Inc.
Eric Fernandez & Co.
Expressions Hair
First Federal Savings Bank
Illinois Pain Institute
Lamp Incorporated
Lauderdale Electric
Law Office of Douglas J. Scheflow
One Twenty Live
Denise Simon
Susarla Family Medicine
Other Sponsors and Donors
Cheryl Ambrose
Mary Arvidson
Atlas Chicken Shack
Barrel & Rye
Big Apple Bagel
Blain's Farm & Fleet
Bonnie Dundee Golf Course
Bookers Bar & Grill
Bowes Creek Country Club Golf Course
Brittain’s Express Car Wash
Marcia Brozeka
Café Roma
Nicole Carlisle
Chapter #173
Ciena Care
Cooper's Hawk Winery
Country Donuts
Randy & Joyce David
Diamond Nails
Elgin Breakfast Rotary Club
Elgin Instant Print
Fox Valley Ophthalmology / Eye On The Fox
Francesca’s By The River
Dr. Debra Growth – South Town Animal Hospital
The Gudino Family
Hawk’s View Golf Course
Jersey Mike’s
Jewel – Elgin
Jewel – South Elgin
Jewel – West Dundee
Katie Kaldenberger
Dave & Sandra Kaptain
Lambert Family
Jim Leyden
Maciano’s Pizza & Pastaria
McGrath Honda – Chicago Street, Elgin, IL
Tracey & John McHugh
Krista McKinney
Mary Mercer
Alex Mikos
Mockingbird Bar & Garden
Otter Creek Wine & Spirits
Preservation Bread & Wine
Randall Oaks Golf Course
Randall’s Pancake House
Riverside Pizza & Pub
Royal Fox Country Club Golf Course
Aleta Russell
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Russell
SKK Insurance Services LLC
Stretch Family
Hiroko Stuart
Sweet Berry Café
The Anvil Club
The Burger Local
Timber Point Golf Course
Village Squire – South Elgin
Village Squire – West Dundee
Walmart – Elgin
Whisper Creek Golf Course
WTF Cross Kick
Ziegler’s Ace – Elgin
Cathy & Dan Walters
Honoring Our Heroes Who Continually Give
It is with great pride and honor we announce that
“A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation” 2022 honorees will be the American Legion Riders from Post # 57, Elgin, Illinois. Our event will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022, at Bowes Creek Country Club Golf Course.

American Legion Riders chapters are well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local children's hospitals, schools, Veterans homes, severely wounded service members as well as award scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in The American Legion Legacy Run to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

Garden City, Michigan, in 1993, Chuck "Tramp" Dare and Bill "Polka" Kaledas, commander of American Legion Post 396, shared an idea to start a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization. The two longtime riders wanted an environment where Legion family members could come together to share their common love for motorcycles.

Dare and Kaledas wrote a letter to Michigan Department Adjutant Hubert Hess, to share their idea. Hess replied that he liked the concept and wanted to pursue it. Later, he gave Kaledas and Dare instructions for managing the program at the post level. He also explained how they could be approved to use the American Legion emblem, as well as how to gain membership's support and recognition. At a regular meeting, Post 396 members passed a resolution for a new program to be known as the "American Legion Riders."

Joined by 19 other founding members from their post, Dare and Kaledas were flooded with requests for information about their organization. They agreed to establish a central source for the Riders to ensure that chapters formed not as motorcycle clubs or gangs, but as Legionnaires and Auxiliary and SAL members joining to ride as Legion family.

Legion Riders today
Currently, over 110,000 American Legion Riders meet in over 2,000 chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries. Riders in Iowa have formed an honor guard called The Five Star Freedom Riders, and Riders in Mulvane, Kansas, founded the Patriot Guard to protect the sanctity of military funerals from protesters. Riders in all states have escorted military units returning home from combat tours overseas, conducted massive cross-country fundraising events for wounded warriors from all services, and have raised millions of dollars for countless local, state and national charities. Many Riders, supported by their departments, conduct annual statewide Legacy Runs in direct support of American Legion scholarship programs of Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW), supporting our wounded service members across the nation.

True to the Legion's grassroots tradition, each chapter manages its programs at the post level, where the best ideas are born. The Riders are part of many projects and events, including:

  • Rolling Thunder, the annual POW/MIA rally in Washington on Memorial Day weekend.

  • Annual regional rides such as Operation Wounded Warrior, sponsored by Riders in Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, California and other Western states.

  • Local charity events in support of The American Legion and local communities.

  • Raising money for VA hospitals, women and children centers, children and youth centers, schools and other facilities.

  • Sponsoring or participating in motorcycle runs to benefit numerous charities.

  • Local memorial ceremonies and community parades.

  • The American Legion Legacy Run, an annual cross-country fundraising ride from National Headquarters in Indianapolis to the national convention city.

  • Riding to honor fallen military men and women, and to protect the sanctity of their funerals from those who would dishonor their memory.

  • Escorting military units to departure airfields and airports for combat tours overseas, and welcoming them home upon their return.
Specialist Ethan J. Martin Scholarship
This program is open to assist children of selective Active Duty, Reserve, National Guards or retired members of the United States military, who live in the Kane County area, and who plan to continue their education at an accredited Junior College, University and or Trade School. To be eligible for this award, candidates must be daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters and great-grandsons of veterans.  

To inquire about the Specialist Ethan J. Martin Scholarship
please email us at asalutetoourheroes@gmail.com
A Ride to Remember
To all of our motorcycle followers!!
Register to join a Motorcycle Run commemorating the
20th Anniversary of 9/11. Our goal is to get 3000 riders.

Registration is NOW OPEN!! 
Register here: truepatriotscare.com

The Ride to Remember Motorcycle Run will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. The motorcycle run will go from the Woodstock Harley-Davidson to Oak Brook Sports Core Field. The ride is a fully escorted Illinois State Police sanctioned run. Riders will receive a lanyard with a memorial tag bearing the name of an individual who lost their life on September 11, 2001.

Check Out Photos from our Golf Outing
Visit our website to see dozens of photos which captured our spectacular 2021 Golf Outing:
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