EUSTIS — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is encouraging residents to make plans to attend a benefit ride for Help Our Heroes Call Home on Saturday, Oct. 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion-Post 347, located at 699 W. Lady Lake Blvd., Lady Lake (corner of County Road 466 & Rolling Acres Road).
Help Our Heroes Call Home encourages donations of unwanted cell phones. Donated cell phones are recycled and turned into phone cards for U.S. active military personnel. The benefit ride will be escorted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to Gator Harley-Davidson, located at 1745 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.
“The ride helps bring attention to this year-long campaign of collecting cell phones for our military personnel,” said Lady Lake Police Chief Ed Nathanson, who initiated the “Help Our Heroes Call Home” campaign locally. “Since implementing the program here four years ago, over 22,000 phones have been donated.”
The event continues at Gator Harley-Davidson with presentations from Chief Nathanson and Pete Southerland, Commandant at Corporal JR Spears Detachment 066, Marine Corps League in Pensacola, Fla.
Cell phone donations will be taken at the event, or can be dropped-off at any of the following locations throughout the year:
- Gator Harley-Davidson, 1745 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg
- Stormy Hill Harley-Davidson, 2480 S. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont
- American Legion Post 347, 699 W. Lady Lake Blvd, Lady Lake
- Affordable Cellular Store, Tavares, Umatilla, Lady Lake & Clermont locations
- Law Offices of Brent C. Miller, Tavares, Clermont, Inverness & The Villages locations
- Scates Realty, 723 W. Montrose St., Clermont
- Lake County CTST (Lake County Dept. of Public Works), 437 Ardice Ave., Eustis
- All local law enforcement offices
After the Help Our Heroes Call Home benefit ride and event, participants are invited to join The Villages Veterans Memorial Park Committee for a 9-11 Memorial Dedication a 1 p.m. at the new Villages Public Safety Headquarters, located at 3035 Morse Blvd. in The Villages. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to a brief reception, sponsored by The Law Offices of Brent C. Miller and Royal Fund Management. The major sponsors for the 9-11 Memorial are Heirs-Baxley Funeral Services, T&D Concrete and The Villages.
For more information on the Help Our Heroes Call Home event, contact Peggy at Gator Harley-Davidson (352) 787-8050, or Chief Ed Nathanson at (352) 751-1585, or for details on the 9-11 Memorial Dedication ceremony, contact Gary Kadow, project manager at (352) 430-0567. For information on Lake County CTST, call (352) 483-9048.