SIERRA VISTA — The Huachucans held their largest fundraiser event, the Sierra Vista Open, this past weekend and raised more than $27,000 for children across the county.
Jack Isler, president of The Huachucans, said they distributed $4,500 of the money raised amongst four Buena High School groups who were in attendance and helped with the event. Isler presented $500 checks to Buena’s Culinary Arts program, Buena’s Film and TV program — who shot video and took photos of the event — and Buena’s JROTC, who presented the colors. He also gave an $800 check to Toys for Tots, a $2,000 check to Sierra Vista Dream Center for uniforms and a $500 check to the Buena boys basketball team for helping with the cleanup after the event.
He said presenting those checks and having the kids and organizations come up in front of all the attendee and receive the money was his favorite part of the whole event because it shows the public their money goes right back to the youth in the community.
The $27,000 raised is about how much the group had at the end of last year’s event. However, the crowd of 356 for the Dining Under the Stars dinner was the largest in the event’s 35-year history.
“This year we’ve given away $22,000,” Isler said. “At the end of the day, we raise a lot of money for kids.”
Desert Fever entertained guests with their music and raffle items were given away to the lucky winners.
Isler says the “four heroes” of putting on the event are Clint Briseno, Will Cain, Harvey Campbell and John Campagne for the work and money they put into the event and the organization.
The group’s website says it has been helping kids since 1985 by raising and donating more than $1 million to more than 20 youth organizations and activities in Sierra Vista and throughout Cochise County.