A Salute to Our Heroes Foundation
March 2022
The “A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation”, based in Elgin, is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to assist the needs of veterans and their families. Fundraising aids and supports its mission to help those who have given great sacrifice of not only themselves, but of their families as well.
We will be celebrating our 3rd Annual “A Salute To Our Heroes” golf outing at Bowes Creek Country Club located at 1250 Bowes Creek Boulevard, Elgin, Illinois, 60124 on Friday, June 10, 2022.”

A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation”, honors 15 “American Legion Riders”, Post #57, Elgin, IL who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country and continuing to serve our communities:

Dan Bakes (Army)
Leonard Casken (Army)
John Clyde (Army)
Jerry Duncan (Army)
Carol Fowler (Marine Corps)
Michael Gough (Army)
Tom Jackson (Army)
Tom Leitner (Navy)
Bill Lowe (Army)
Jim Mann (Air Force)
Art Parsons (Navy)
Art Schueneman (Army)
Bud Schorr (Army)
Mark Smith (Army)
Tom Sneed (Army)

For further information about “A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation”, its scholarship for veterans and our annual golf outing, visit us at www.asalutetoourheroes.com or call 224-600-3318.
American Legion Riders from Post # 57, Elgin, Illinois 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. 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.
Quilts of Valor
Catherine Roberts’ Dream

Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream. Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. According to Catherine:

The dream was as vivid as real life. I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and well-being. The quilt had made this dramatic change. The message of my dream was: Quilts = Healing.

The model appeared simple: have a volunteer team who would donate their time and materials to make a quilt. One person would piece the top and the other would quilt it. I saw the name for this special quilt: it was Quilt of Valor, a QOV.

A Quilt of Valor is…
From the beginning, Catherine Roberts had definite ideas about standards of excellence for Quilts of Valor:

I knew a Quilt of Valor had to be a quality-made quilt, not a “charity quilt.” A Quilt of Valor had to be quilted, not tied, which meant hand or machine quilting. It would be “awarded,” not just passed out like magazines or videos, and would say unequivocally, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor in serving our nation.”

What is a Quilt of Valor?
A Quilt of Valor® (QOV) is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. It is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war. The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.”
To use the term Quilt of Valor, Quilts of Valor or QOV, the quilt must be a specific size, must have a label with required information, it must be awarded (it is not a gift) and it must be recorded.
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