First Bash For Our Brothers to benefit veterans, armory

HUNTINGDON – A fundraiser Sunday will help out two causes, raising money for veterans and an historic building, organizers said.

Funds raised at the “Bash For Our Brothers” event will benefit both the Camp Liberty Veterans Association and the restoration of the Armory in Huntingdon, said Ron Enyeart, who bought the historic Armory from the government.

The Armory building was built in 1930 and a drill hall was added in 1937, he said. The military used the facility as a National Guard headquarters until 2011, Enyeart said.

However, the building, which he said is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is in desperate need of repair, especially the roof, which Enyeart estimated would cost about $12,000 to fix. He said it’s worth it because the site is a valuable piece of the nation’s past.

“This is part of our military history,” Enyeart said. “Members have been active here going back to World War II.”

Part of the proceeds from the fundraiser will also go to Camp Liberty Veterans Association, a group that wants to assist veterans in a variety of ways, said group founder Sgt. Justin Slep, USMC, of Altoona. The association works with veterans to obtain the benefits and services they’ve earned through their military service. The group also assists veterans in many other ways, Slep said.

The fundraiser was intentionally planned before the Memorial Day weekend because the national holiday has special meaning to veterans, Slep said.

“Veterans also live by anniversary dates,” he said. “These dates are typically the most challenging times of their lives. I know I have several myself. Memorial Day is one of those dates for not only veterans but veterans’ families as well. For this event we are trying to help veterans cope with existing struggles by having a great time with our brothers and sisters.”

Several local bands will play at the fundraiser, including the Whatleys of State College, Pennsylvania Mike and the Bedlam Boys, Strait and Miller, Locked & Loaded and Danny Kay, Enyeart said. A number area businesses have donated money to help with the fundraiser.