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St. George Company Will Hold Fundraiser for Vets' Trip

St. George Company Will Hold Fundraiser for Vets' Trip



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A southern Utah company has agreed to hold a dinner to raise $150,000 to send war veterans to Washington, D.C., after a May 18 trip was abruptly canceled because of financial problems.

"It kind of tore at our hearts," said Bryce Payne, operations manager at I-Works, an Internet marketing company in St. George. "These people are at the end of their lives and it's our way to show honor to them."

I-Works will hold the dinner June 29 in Salt Lake City. "I am excited beyond words," said Judy Lemmons, a member of Operation Hero Flight, a new group dedicated to sending veterans to the World War II Memorial.

More than 100 veterans were supposed to go to Washington last month, but the trip was canceled a day before departure from Hill Air Force Base. Separately, family members had paid $900 to accompany the veterans.

Paul McSweeney, who was director of a group called Our Unsung Heroes, said fundraising fell short. He resigned. State regulators are investigating the nonprofit group's finances.

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Information from: The Spectrum

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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