On Friday, October 8, 2010, Mission Essential Personnel, LLC (MEP) sponsored a fundraiser for Veterans First Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps Columbus-area veterans with needs ranging from free clothing to prosthetics, and from rides to the veterans hospital to temporary housing. The event raised $11,500 for Veterans First.
“This is the first time MEP has staged an event of this kind, and I’m delighted it was such a success,” said CEO Chris Taylor, himself a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. “We all owe a great debt of gratitude to our servicemen and women, so we’re glad to be able to give back. MEP employees work side by side with members of the military, both at home and overseas, to protect the United States.”The event, held at downtown Columbus’s The Social and The Park Street Patio, featured music by local band, The Floorwalkers.
“MEP came through. We will be operating for another year,” said John Schmenk, a former Marine who serves as president of the Veterans First Foundation. “The people who came to this fundraiser have done more good for more people than they may realize.”
Photos of the event for download and media-use are available here.