During an appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Saturday morning, Bill Kraus and Steve Newton, co-founders of Mission BBQ, announced from Ft. Myers, Florida, a donation of over $ 500,000 to the Honor Flight Network as part of their work in honoring all of America’s military, past and present.
“Mission BBQ is the story of a couple of best friends that had a love of barbecue, but more importantly, a love of country — and wanted to build something that meant something,” said Bill Kraus.
“And so we did open our first location on Sept. 11, 2011 — to serve, honor and thank our American heroes,” he added.
Kraus said that his group “stand[s] alongside wonderful organizations” in America such as the Honor Flight Network — and is “forever thankful” for all that they do.
To show its gratitude, his group presented a check in the amount of $ 533,462 to the Honor Flight Network as part of Mission BBQ’s ongoing devotion to, and support of, America’s military heroes.
The money was raised through the sale of Mission BBQ’s American Heroes cup, he said on Saturday morning.
The Honor Flight Network, said Matt Shuman, president and chairman of the board, “since [its founding in] 2005 has flown just over 250,000 veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials raised in their honor.”
“It’s an amazing and humbling experience,” he added.
Honor Flight Network has over 130 hubs — and veterans come from all over the nation to visit the memorials in D.C., he also said.
The group is “incredibly thankful to their friends at BBQ Mission,” he said, so that they can serve more of America’s veterans.
They still have 50,000 veterans on the wait list to make that trip and visit the memorials, he said.
Now, they will be using the generous donation to help make that happen for those who await a trip.
Last year at this time, the folks at Mission BBQ donated more than $ 1M to the USO.