Members of the Las Cruces, New Mexico City Council, including Mayor Ken Miyagishima, gathered this week to announce a new proclamation declaring that Saturday, June 6th would be known as “Luke’s Wings Music Explosion at Plaza De Las Cruces Day”. Felix Cordero, a Marine Corps veteran and Luke’s Wings supporter, as well as Fletcher Gill, Co-Founder & CEO of Luke’s Wings, and Dakota Bierly, Director of Corporate Sponsorship, spoke on behalf of the organization.
“We are so thankful for Felix, Sonia and the city of Las Cruces for their support; not only of Luke’s Wings but of the military community as a whole. As a Purple Heart city, you can see there is a very personal connection to what we are doing as an organization and a deeper understanding of the need we fill for our Nation’s heroes,” says Bierly.
Since 2016, Felix Cordero and his wife, Sonia Saldana, have hosted a two-day fundraiser, benefiting Luke’s Wings and their mission to provide complimentary airfare to wounded, ill and injured service members and their loved ones during recovery and rehabilitation. Events have included a golf tournament, car show and Music Explosion concert with local and national musicians. To date, they have raised over $10,000 to keep our families flying!
“One of my passions is to help veterans” says Cordero, the events’ organizer. “I am blessed that I did not get hurt serving in the military or law enforcement and I wanted to do something to give back. I contacted this organization…and this is our third year helping them out [through these fundraising events].” This year, Cordero and Saldana have enlisted the help of the city to spread awareness and grow attendance at both a golf tournament and concert.
For supporters located near Las Cruces, join the Luke’s Wings team at this year’s events! The Luke’s Wings Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 8th at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course beginning at 9AM. The Music Explosion at Plaza de Las Cruces will be Saturday, June 9th beginning at 4PM. This year’s concert will feature Jamie y Los Chamacos, Ram Herrera and the Outlaws, Cautivo Norteno and La Sombra de Tony Guerrero.
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