JACKSON CENTER — American Legion Scherer Post 493 in Jackson Center recently received a $30,000 fundraising boost from Airstream for help with a new roof and windows.
Mark Wahl, senior vice president of operations at Airstream, presented the check to Ron Leininger, adjutant and chaplain with the American Legion post in Jackson Center, Wednesday.
The donation helped the post meet their fundraising goal of $60,000 for necessary repairs. The building’s deteriorating state came from years of weather resulting in a leaky roof and old drafty windows.
Leininger, who spearheaded the fundraising effort, said without Airstream’s generous matching funds, the project might never have come to pass.
“I wanted to get this done for the veterans that are coming up behind us, so when we’re gone, we’ll leave it the way it was given to us 50 years ago,” Leininger said.
The donation was a natural fit for Airstream’s community outreach. The company currently employs over 50 current and former members of the armed forces.
“Airstream’s proud to be a part of the Jackson Center community for the last 65 years,” Wahl said. “We’re pleased to be able to help with this project that’s so important to so many people in the community and our company.”
The renovation will allow the post to better serve local veterans, widows and families in need. In order to fund these efforts, American Legion halls across the country are often rented for use in their communities. After repairing the building, Leininger hopes it will be utilized for wedding receptions, graduation parties and other events.
Leininger, who is a Vietnam veteran, said the building was built by World War II and Korea veterans in 1967. When he returned from Vietnam, he joined the crew that helped complete it. Now he’s excited to restore the building for the community.
“I want it to be a building of pride,” Leininger said.