In celebration of America and to benefit East Texas veterans, Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation (CCVF) is pleased to announce the first ever, ROSE CITY AIRFEST, on July 3, 2020. This celebration will also include the second annual THE MAGNIFICIENT 7 WARBIRD EXPO 2020, July 3-5, at Historic Aviation Memorial Museum (HAMM), Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

CCVF is pleased to announce proceeds from ROSE CITY AIRFEST will primarily benefit Camp V, Tyler, an all-inclusive veterans support center in Tyler, Texas. Camp V, Tyler, is a new 20-acre campus that will serve veterans, active service members, reserve or family members in need of mental, physical and spiritual wellness assistance. CCVF invites you to learn more at www.CampVTyler.org.

Additionally, CCVF is pleased to announce the expanded partnership with Brookshire Grocery Company (BGC). CCVF was fortunate to have BGC as a partner for the 2019 THUNDER OVER CEDAR CREEK LAKE AIR SHOW. CCVF and BGC will now partner for both ROSE CITY AIRFEST and THUNDER OVER CEDAR CREEK LAKE AIR SHOW in 2020. "CCVF is so fortunate to be able to grow the partnership with BGC to include both air shows for 2020 and therefore grow the impact CCVF has with Northeast and East Texas veterans' organizations" said Lyn Thomas, President, CCVF.

ROSE CITY AIRFEST will take off at 6:00 pm on July 3, 2020, at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The performers will include Randy Ball's Russian MiG17, a variety of vintage warbird planes including WW II era B-17 "Texas Raiders", a TORA air attack reenactment, B-25 "Devil Dog", the last remaining Helldiver and Vietnam era planes and helicopters. Many of these planes will be available for rides and tours from July 3 - 5, at The Magnificent 7 Warbird Expo.

These planes will also be performing in THUNDER OVER CEDAR CREEK LAKE AIR SHOW on July 4 over Cedar Creek Lake. Make plans to attend the largest July 4th celebration in East Texas by attending the ROSE CITY AIRFEST or THUNDER OVER CEDAR CREEK LAKE AIR SHOW. Sponsorship and donation opportunities as well as event tickets for THE MAGNIFICENT 7 WARBIRD EXPO 2020, ROSE CITY AIRFEST and THUNDER OVER CEDAR CREEK LAKE will be available at www.ccveteransfoundation.org starting March 15, 2020.

About CCVF: Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation mission is to "honor the courageous men and women who have served to protect our freedoms by providing financial support for those agencies responsible for their care and nurture. Our core focus is assisting the wounded, injured and disabled - both Active Duty & Veterans, within the Northeast and East Texas Regions". The principal fundraising activities for CCVF are the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake airshow, the warbird expo and its annual golf classic. Currently CCVF supports Fisher House, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Camp V (via East Texas Veterans Community Council) and Hope For The Warriors. CCVF is operated through a volunteer group of directors and officers and all proceeds from the fundraisers are distributed to the supported charities. CCVF is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. Please go to www.ccveteransfoundation.org to learn more.

Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation (CCVF) announced today the largest donations in its history to veterans' charities! Thanks to the generous support of Pinnacle Club residents, donors around the Cedar Creek Lake area and our sponsors, CCVF was able to donate a total of $55,000 in 2019. This record amount represents an increase of 20% over 2018.

CCVF donated $35,000 to Fisher House, $8,000 to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, $7,000 to Camp V (Tyler, TX), and $1,000 to Hope For The Warriors. Additionally, CCVF donated $4,000 to the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department for their air show support including water operations, FAA required emergency response plan and the onsite first aid station.

"CCVF achieved several firsts in 2019 and we plan to grow these new avenues of fundraising into the future", said Lyn Thomas, CCVF's President. "We added a fishing tournament (CCVF's 1st Annual White Bass Fishing Tournament) held at Cedar Creek Lake as well as a fundraising event at the Historical Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas (The Magnificent 7 Warbird Expo). These new events proved to be successful fundraising events and will be held again in 2020."

CCVF was also blessed to develop a partnership with Brookshires grocery stores around Cedar Creek Lake. CCVF is working again with Brookshires to continue this partnership which makes such a significant difference for East Texas Veterans.

As always, none of the success of CCVF would happen without the immeasurable support of the members and residents of Pinnacle Golf Club and the Cedar Creek Lake community. Blue Heron Properties, located at Pinnacle Golf Club, stepped up in a big way and sponsored a Huey Helicopter so local lake residents and guests could experience the once in a lifetime ride over beautiful Cedar Creek Lake. Some of our other sponsors include Sewell Infiniti of Dallas, KCKL Radio, and Amber DiLane Homes.

About CCVF: Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation mission is to "honor the courageous men and women who have served to protect our freedoms by providing financial support for those agencies responsible for their care and nurture. Our core focus is assisting the wounded, injured and disabled - both Active Duty & Veterans, within the Northeast and East Texas Regions". The principal fundraising activities for CCVF are the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake airshow, the warbird expo and its annual golf classic. Currently CCVF supports Fisher House, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Camp V (via East Texas Veterans Community Council) and Hope For The Warriors. CCVF is operated through a volunteer group of directors and officers and all proceeds from the fundraisers are distributed to the supported charities. CCVF is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. Please go to www.ccveteransfoundation.org to learn more.

Veterans Foundation Presenting a check to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

On December 20, 2019, CCVF gifted $8,000 for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. This is the largest gift from CCVF to them ever. CCVF has been a supporter of Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society since 2010. It truly is a privilege to partner with Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society which provides financial assistance, interest-free loans, educational scholarships and other support for military, retired veterans and veterans' family members. Please read more about them under "About Us".

Payne Springs VFD Check Presentation

On December 30, 2019, CCVF gifted $4,000.00 to the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department. CCVF could not host the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Air Show each year without the support of these volunteer firefighters. Payne Springs VFD provides onsite emergency support for those performing as well as those watching the air show. CCVF is most grateful for their countless hours of service to Thunder Over Cedar Creek Air Show and CCVF.

Veterans Foundation Presenting a check to the fisher house

On December 20, 2019, CCVF gifted $35,000.00 to Fisher House. This is the largest gift from CCVF to Fisher House ever. CCVF has been a supporter of Fisher House since 2009. It truly is a privilege to support an organization that changes lives by providing safe and free housing for veterans and their families while undergoing treatment at the Dallas VA Hospital. Please read more about it under "About Us" Charities We Support.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Check Presentation

CCVF is also honored to partner with Hope for The Warriors since 2010. In 2019 CCVF gifted $1,000.00 to this nonprofit which is the largest donation ever. Hope for The Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for veterans, military and their families that are focused on transition, health, wellness, peer engagement and connection to community resources. Please read more about it under "About Us" Charities We Support.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Check Presentation

CCVF is honored to start supporting a new nonprofit in 2019. CCVF was introduced to Camp V, Tyler, and it just seemed like this would be such a great partnership to undertake. CCVF donated $7,000.00 to Camp V, Tyler with the requirement the money be used for direct assistance for those active duty, veterans and their families. Camp V, Tyler, is a Community Assisting Military Personal and Veterans providing an answer for connection, service and hope. Please read more about Camp V, Tyler under "About Us" Charities We Support.

The Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation ("CCVF") announced today the 14th annual Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show will be held on July 6, at The Pinnacle Club, Cedar Creek Lake, TX. Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show currently has 25 aircraft scheduled to fly in the annual show including two MiG-17 jets, seven notable WWII warbirds, the 1954 Grumman Albatross ZEUS, a UH1H Huey helicopter and many others.

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show is the largest of five fundraisers hosted by the CCVF, and all proceeds go to assist veterans in and around the east Texas area and beyond. CCVF has donated over $240,000 to veterans' charities since its inception.

Additionally, CCVF, the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum (HAMM) of Tyler, Texas and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced today they will be partnering together to expand the area's July 4th weekend celebration with the first annual CAF Warbird Expo, to be held at HAMM at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport from July 4 through 7.

The long weekend kicks off at 1:00 PM on Thursday July 4 with the arrival of seven rare WWII warbirds roaring into Tyler, Texas. Nicknamed The Magnificent 7 for the weekend event, the aircraft arriving at Tyler Pounds Regional will be led by Texas Raiders - the famed B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. Of the12,731 B-17's built across the US, only nine are currently flying - and Texas Raiders bristles with authentic machine guns and period-specific equipment. Joining her will be the mighty Marine Corps B-25 gunship and bomber Devil Dog, the famous T-6 Texan Ace in the Hole, the ferocious A-26 attack aircraft, Night Mission, the Beech 18 Navy transport Little Raider, the open cockpit N3N Navy bi-plane, Yellow Peril, as well as the last flying example of the notorious SB2C Helldiver dive-bomber. All aircraft are notable for their historic importance and level of restoration, and together offer a seldom seen view into America's aviation history. All of these spectacular aircraft will be also be performing in the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show on July 6.

Tours of the aircraft will be available to the public as will opportunities to fly in them. Beginning on July 4th from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the public can visit the aircraft and take on-board tours that include commentary from crew members. Admission to the event is $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 10 and under. Active duty service men and women may tour for free with their military ID. Attendees who want the ultimate living history flight experience may make a reservation now for one of the limited number of 25-minute flights on any of the aircraft. Imaging flying on one of the iconic WWII aircraft, and then seeing it perform at twilight over the lake!

The popular air show over the lake kicks off at 6:00 PM on Saturday and includes parachute jumpers, warbirds, and performances by the MiG's with afterburners roaring at twilight. In prior years over 40,000 people have watched the air show from shore, docks and boats, and families from all over the region schedule their 4th of July activities around Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show, creating lifetime memories.

This year, the CCVF has introduced a new way to donate for those watching from shore, docks and boats while enjoying the air show. Attendees and supporters can text any time to donate: text VETS to 903-206-1842 to support east Texas veterans. CCVF donates all net proceeds from its fundraising events to veterans assisted by Fisher House, Hope For The Warriors and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, each of which has a four-star rating on Charity Navigator.

Veterans Foundation Presenting a check to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

On November 15, 2018, CCVF gifted $6,100 for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. This is the largest gift from CCVF to them ever. It's an amazing opportunity for CCVF to be a supporter of Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society since 2010. It truly is a privilege to partner with Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society which provides financial assistance, interest-free loans, educational scholarships and other support for military, veterans and veterans' family members. Please read more about them under "About Us".

Payne Springs VFD Check Presentation

On December 8, 2018, CCVF gifted $2,600.00 to the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department. CCVF could not host the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Air Show each year without the support of these volunteer fire firefighters. Payne Springs VFD provides on site emergency support for those performing as well as those watching the air show. CCVF is most grateful for their countless hours of service to Thunder Over Cedar Creek Air Show and CCVF.

Veterans Foundation Presenting a check to the fisher house

On November 15, 2018, CCVF gifted $31,200.00 for Fisher House. This is the largest gift from CCVF to Fisher House ever. It's an amazing opportunity for CCVF to be a supporter of Fisher House since 2009. It truly changes lives by providing safe and free housing for veterans and their families while undergoing treatment at the Dallas VA Hospital who live 50 miles or more from the hospital. Please read more about it under "About Us" Charities We Support.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Check Presentation

CCVF is also honored to partner with Hope For The Warriors since 2010. Once again, on November 15, 2018, CCVF gifted $6,100.00 to this nonprofit which is the largest donation ever. Hope For The Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for veterans, military and their families that are focused on transition, health, wellness, peer engagement and connection to community resources. Please read more about it under "About Us" Charities We Support.

Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation ("CCVF") announced today 2018 net proceeds donated to charities were $46,000, which is the largest amount donated to veterans' associations in CCVF history! CCVF donated $31,200 to Fisher House, $6,100 to Hope For The Warriors, $6,100 to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and $2,600 to the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department for all of their air show support from water operation preparedness to onsite first aid station. Patty Evans, President of CCVF announced that CCVF has donated over $234,000 to veterans' organizations since its inception in 2009. Mrs. Evans also announced that she will be stepping down after leading the organization for many years. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working on our fundraisers which has primarily included Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show ("TOCCL") and I am grateful for all the support I have received over the years" Mrs. Evans stated. Mrs. Evans also announced that Lyn Thomas has been elected as the President of CCVF and she and the new board are already hard at work preparing for the 2019 TOCCL Air Show which is scheduled for July 6. 2019. "I am grateful that Lyn has stepped in to lead the CCVF and I will be there to support her as she transitions into this new role."

Mrs. Thomas has been a long-time resident of Pinnacle Club; her dad was a Veteran and Pilot and she has been an air show supporter since the first time Randy Ball flew his MiG-17 over the lake in 2004. She is also a CASA advocate and has worked with other veteran organizations and has helped organize many community events. Lyn Thomas, stated, "CCVF will forever be indebted to Patty and the previous CCVF Board of Directors and Officers for their tireless work and enthusiasm that made CCVF and TOCCL the tremendous success it is today." Mrs. Thomas stated that "We are working on some exciting air show acts to supplement the great acts that have performed in the past. Randy Ball and his Russian MiGs are scheduled again and we are exploring other options including military aircraft". Mrs. Thomas stated "We are so thankful for the incredible generosity of the Pinnacle Club residents and the Cedar Creek Lake community for their past support of CCVF. We hope you will consider a year end donation to help us secure air show performers for the 2019 TOCCL Air Show and insure that we can continue support for local veterans. We can't do it without your support!"