Saturday, October 20, 2007


Saturday night we all congregated in the Mandalay room for a prime rib dinner. After we had eaten Terri and I sold envelopes with a playing card in each one. These were for donated prizes of gift certificates, a very nice range bag(I was lucky to win the bag) and the top prize a Hi-Point pistol. A photo copy of the winning card for the pistol had been sealed in an envelope and mailed to MrC by Hi-Point Firearms, to be opened once all the envelopes containing the playing cards had been sold.
The funds from the raffle were given to Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss our guest of honor and founder of Project Valour-IT, towards another voice activated laptop.
Project Valour-IT provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded military men and women, who are unable to use their arms or hands because of injuries or amputations.
Chuck, told us the story about how he was injured while serving in Iraq and how a voice activated laptop computer changed his life. He also told us about the idea he had, to get more laptops for injured military men and women resulting in the inception of Project Valour-IT

Some of the gang waiting to see if their number is going to be drawn for a prize.

We also had many door prizes, some are pictured below.

And the lucky winner is........

Chuck and Terri

Terri was the lucky winner of the Hi-Point 9mm pistol which she graciously donated to Chuck. Like her husband JimmyB says "my wife rocks" and indeed she does.

Chuck Ziegenfuss also told us a story about a wounded soldier who had lost both legs and one arm, and how his life has been drastically changed from the moment he received his voice-activated laptop. He is able to use voice commands to activate the laptop, to send and receive emails from friends and loved ones, surf the ‘Net, and communicate with his friends still in the field without having to use his one remaining arm. How wonderful is that?

I sure was choked up hearing such a touching story and know, this is one organization I will support. I encourage all of you to donate to this very worthy cause. So far over two thousand laptops have been donated and many more are needed.

You may make a donation Here

I don't know about any of the other Gun Bloggers, but I returned home exhausted a combination of too much good food, lots of conversation, gambling, shooting, and not enough sleep. I am looking forward to next years Rendezvous.


mistaya's M.O.M. said...

It sounds like you really had a great time. But I am glad you are back!

Anonymous said...

Woooo hoo, sounds like nit was lotsa FUN!
Next Year !!!