Man of Honor Society launches another year of support | Best Stories


WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) – Organizers are gearing up for a big weekend at the Wausau Eagle’s Club, celebrating the Man of Honor Society.

“The community support we’re getting is amazing,” said Vice President Dan Rigney. “There are so many different companies that have done things for us.”

“Over the three-day weekend we probably see … over five thousand people passing through here,” said John Fust of the Department of Health.

The Man of Honor Society has been giving back for nearly two decades, raising more than $750,000 for Marathon County.

All money raised goes directly to help veterans in need.

“Whether it’s heating bills, electricity bills, rent, mortgage payments, etc.

A longtime member, Fust has been with the society since his first year of fundraising.

He says he is very satisfied with the progress made by the Society over the years.

“It started in a basement, from 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.,” he recalls. “Now it’s over 500 members. Our first draw was a whim, and we gave away a Harley Davidson Sportster. We sold 125 $100 tickets in about 30 days. It was the first – and we We have since progressed.”

Rigney says the group he met at Man of Honor made the transition from service to civilian life easier.

“I joined the team in 2014, about a year after returning from Afghanistan,” he said. “and especially for me coming back from combat and adjusting to civilian life. I just got out of the army, and this band is spectacular.”

The fundraiser runs all weekend at the Wausau Eagle’s Club, 1703 S. 3rd Avenue, and features raffles with more than $50,000 in prizes.

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