Fourth Grader Sends Veterans on Honor Flights

Alan Landers, front row center, and his mother Linda Landers, second from left in the front row, participate in a bowling fundraising event for the Honor Flight of West Central Florida non-profit group at Ten Pin Lanes in South Pasadena on Sunday, September 11. Members of the Honor Flight, American Legion Auxiliary of Dunedin and American Legion post 275 of Dunedin groups helped Alan Landers run the silent auction and the lanes. His reaction to raising over $30,000 in four years? “It makes me feel happy to do it,” he said. But, “it’s for [the veterans], not for me.”

Alan Landers, front row center, and his mother Linda Landers, second from left in the front row, participate in a bowling fundraising event for the Honor Flight of West Central Florida non-profit group at Ten Pin Lanes in South Pasadena on Sunday, September 11. Members of the Honor Flight, American Legion Auxiliary of Dunedin and American Legion post 275 of Dunedin groups helped Alan Landers run the silent auction and the lanes. His reaction to raising over $30,000 in four years? “It makes me feel happy to do it,” he said. But, “it’s for [the veterans], not for me.”

Alan Landers, 9 – a fourth grader who has raised over $30,000 for the Honor Flight program – shows off his winning form by hurling a 6-pound kid’s ball down the alley in a Batman shirt for the superhero-themed fundraiser. “I don’t have a favorite superhero,” he said, explaining that he wore the Batman shirt because it’s the only one that fit him at the moment. Landers usually bowls with bumpers and gets between 50-60 points per game.

Alan Landers, 9 – a fourth grader who has raised over $30,000 for the Honor Flight program – shows off his winning form by hurling a 6-pound kid’s ball down the alley in a Batman shirt for the superhero-themed fundraiser. “I don’t have a favorite superhero,” he said, explaining that he wore the Batman shirt because it’s the only one that fit him at the moment. Landers usually bowls with bumpers and gets between 50-60 points per game.

It started with a teacher’s community service assignment challenge in first grade and fourth grader Alan Landers, 9, has taken it from there. He is in his fourth year of raising thousands of dollars annually for the Honor Flight of West Central Florida with a Superhero Fun Run and now, a new event. On Sunday, September 11, he took his love of bowling with his family to a new level at Ten Pin

Lanes, 1453 Pasadena Ave. S., South Pasadena. It included a silent auction, 60 bowlers and 40 spectators. “My role with the Honor Flight is to donate money to help the veterans fly out,” he said. “I thought there had to be another way to raise a little more money, so I thought I would do a superhero bowling event.” In three years, his mother Linda Landers reports, he has raised over $30,000. The goal for this year is $10,000, he said. Of the nearly 2,000 veterans served by the area Honor Flight program, Alan is responsible for providing 77 with all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC to visit the war memorial that relates to their military service.

The next Superhero Fun Run is Saturday, October 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Freedom Lake Park, 9990 46th St N, Pinellas Park. The run’s sign-up sheet is at the park. For more information, visit facebook.com/events/302334863457738/. The next Honor Flight arrival is September 20 at the St. Pete-Clearwater public and military airport, 14700 Terminal Blvd #221, Clearwater. Flight organizers invite the public to participate and dress in red, white and blue. Arrive in the baggage claim area with a comfortable folding chair at 8 p.m. for the flight that is scheduled to land at about 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit honorflightwcf.org.

 

 

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