280b6c2b-3696-47e1-975b-31dae0a73a25The Platte River Program of PHWFF will host their 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner, Auction, and Raffle on April 23, 2016 at the Little America Grand Ballroom in Cheyenne, Wyoming “This is our opportunity to showcase Platte Rivers to our community and share a great evening with our participants, volunteers and the support system that we depend on for our success and growth.” – Program Lead Duane Cook

This is the Program’s big fundraising event of the year. They expect an audience of 1000 that will include our veterans, volunteers, and state and local dignitaries. Guest Speakers will include PHWFF Founder and President Ed Nicholson and Lee Alley, Vice Chairman of the Wyoming Veterans Commission.

Lee Alley of Wheatland currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Wyoming Veterans Commission; he previously served as the Chairman  He is a Wyoming native and graduate of the University of Wyoming.  Lee has been active in real estate and agriculture in Platte County.  An Officers Candidate School graduate, he deployed to Vietnam in 1967 as an Armor Lieutenant in the 9th Infantry Division.

His list of military decorations includes the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star and two purple hearts.  He is airborne qualified and completed the jungle expert school.  He was nominated for our nation’s highest award – the Medal of Honor.

Upon his return from Vietnam, the Casper Star hailed Lee as Wyoming’s Audie Murphy alluding to the highly decorated World War II Veteran.  His book, “Back from War – Finding Hope & Understanding in Life After Combat” has been used by countless Veterans and their families to better understand how
they can adjust to life after serving in combat.

“The down payment for the price of freedom is paid for with the sacrifice and blood of our fallen soldiers; the balance is paid for by the lifetime mortgage that is taken out on the lives of our surviving veterans (and their families).” – Lee Alley

The evening will also feature an auction (both silent and live) with items including; guided hunting trips (goose and elk), wade and float fishing trips, original art pieces, jewelry, firearms, custom fly rods, vacation stays and unique area items.  All proceeds will go towards Project Healing Waters and the veterans we serve.

“Our April fundraising banquet if the main income source for the Platte Rivers program. Out three communities, Cheyenne, Laramie and Northern Colorado, donate generously to make it possible to provide so many veterans with solace on the water.”  Tim Fields, Volunteer.