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Central Valley Honor Flight to receive Nonproft of the Year

Who gets to go on an Honor Flight?

Central Valley Honor Flight President Al Perry talks about the organization and the 2016 flights to Washington, D.C., during a news conference held Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.
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Central Valley Honor Flight President Al Perry talks about the organization and the 2016 flights to Washington, D.C., during a news conference held Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

The Central Valley Honor Flight, its vice president and several veteran volunteers will be honored Wednesday by Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, at the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year ceremony in Sacramento.

Patterson chose the nonprofit, which was founded in 2013, for giving WWII veterans the opportunity to visit the memorial in Washington, D.C. Vice President Paul Loeffler has said the majority of veterans who take the honor flight have never seen the memorials, and would have never gotten to do so if not for the nonprofit.

The Central Valley Honor Flight is all volunteer-based, and has raised more than $1.5 million, taking more than 550 veterans on the flight to Washington, D.C. The next Honor Flight is scheduled for June 27-29.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPan

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