Crestview Rotary’s $10K donation helps fund 7SFG recreational area

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Lt. Col. Chad Reiman of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) accepts a $10,000 check from the Crestview Rotary Club. Presenting the check are USO of Northwest Florida director Heidi Blair and former Rotary president Pat Dingess.

Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 05:50 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Soldiers who live at the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) cantonment could use a recreation area, service members say.

A $10,000 donation from the Crestview Rotary Club will help.

Proceeds from the club’s fall corn maze in Baker funded the donation, former Rotary President Pat Dingess said.

“We really had no idea how successful it was going to be,” she said.

Members discussed several causes to help, but Heidi Blair, Northwest Florida’s United Service Organization director and wife of Rotarian John Blair, suggested the 7th SFG. 

Blair mentioned the project — which includes a pavilion, volleyball and basketball courts, charcoal grills and horseshoe pits — and that was all it took.

“When Heidi came to us with the issue that was going on out at the 7th Special Forces, that won hands down,” Dingess said. “We all feel very, very strongly that we need to support our troops.” 

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