Category Archives: Donations

West Union Iowa Elementary

The first and second graders have a school store where they sell school supplies (paper, pencils, erasers, etc) during the school year. They always donate their proceeds to a charity. This year, they selected the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight as their charity of choice. We were presented with a check in the amount of $1650.00! Our thanks to Jessie Bushman(left) and Greta Davis (right) in the photo with Roger for the invitation and to the students for their support of Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.

Rockwell Collins

A big thank you once again to Rockwell Collins, a longtime supporter of Eastern Iowa Honor Flight and our mission to honor our veterans. Today, we received a check in the amount of $14,500.00 which is a second donation we have received to support an upcoming Flight. Pictured below (l-r): Roger Uthoff, EIHF Treasurer, Jenny Becker and Tim Carson of Rockwell Collins, and Mike Wilson, EIHF Board Advisor. Donors, whether corporate or individual, are who get our wheels off the ground.

Iowa Interstate Railroad

On January 22, the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight received a check in the amount of $7240.00 from the Iowa Interstate Railroad and their parent company Railroad Development Corporation. This was a fund raising effort of their employees along with a company match that raised funds for both The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight and the Quad Cities Honor Flight (Iowa Interstate also has operations in Illinois). President and CEO of Iowa Interstate, Jerome P. Lipka stated, “many of our employees are veterans. The employees of Iowa Interstate Railroad and Railroad Development Corporation have not forgotten the wounds and scars suffered by them and those who went before in keeping America free.” On behalf of the veterans we serve and our volunteers, the Board of Directors of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight would like to thank the many employees of Iowa Interstate, along with Jerome Lipka, Vice-President Carrie Evans, Bobbi Allen, Human Resources Director, and Cindy Meyer, Assistant Human Resources Director for this generous donation.

Isle of Iowa Parrot Head Club

Thank you to the Isle of Iowa Parrot Head Club for their very generous total donation of $11,893.98 presented to Eastern Iowa Honor Flight this evening during their monthly meeting in Cedar Rapids. These were their proceeds from “Island Fever Phlocking 2013” which is their annual party and get-together. On behalf of the Board and Volunteers of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, as well as the veterans we serve, thank you!

Rockwell Collins

Recently, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight received a check from Rockwell Collins in the amount of $10,500.00. This is another in a series of donations, as they continue to be a very committed supporter of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. On behalf of the veterans we serve, as well as our equally committed volunteers and staff, the Board of Directors would like to thank Rockwell Collins once again for their very generous donation. It is through corporate, group, and individual donations that we are able to continue our mission of getting as many veterans as possible to Washington, DC to see their memorials.


In the picture below are (from left to right): Arlo Meyer, EIHF Veteran’s Advisor, Roger Uthoff, EIHF Treasurer, Jenny Becker, Rockwell Collins, Mike Wilson, EIHF Veteran’s Advisor, and Rob Myhlhousen, EIHF Flight Services Coordinator.

MediaQuest Outdoor

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It is an Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Billboard (3 in fact). We would like to thank Bill Lehman, Betty Warrington and the wonderful people at MediaQuest Outdoor for the donation of the three billboards. They are electronic, and are working on making them more visual. But we would like to thank them for this generous donation. The signs are located at:

I380 – South of Hwy 30 – West Side – South facing

Collins Rd – 320 Rd NE – Next to Biaggi’s

Guppy’s – Corner of Edgewood Rd and Johnson Ave.

Hawkeye Labor Council

We would like to thank the members of the Hawkeye Labor Council for their tremendous support of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. They held a golf outing in August, and $4300.00 was given to support our continuing mission of making honor flights available to the men and women who stood on the ramparts to preserve our freedom. In the picture below are (l-r) Roger Uthoff, Treasurer EIHF, Rick Moyle of the Hawkeye Labor Council and Shelly Parbs (President of the Hawkeye Labor Council), along with Russ Dunn, President of Eastern Iowa Honor Flight as they presented the check to us on Thursday. We are able to continue our mission due to the thoughtful generosity and support of each and every one of you.

PepsiCo/Quaker Co

On August 1, 2013 Eastern Iowa Honor Flight accepted a check from the employees of PepsiCo/Quaker Co in the amount of $85,000.00. This was a fund raising campaign devised and implemented by the Valor Group at Quaker. This group is comprised of veterans who involved all Quaker employees and retirees in the fundraising. PepsiCo/Quaker is the sponsor of the September 10, 2013 flight. Their enthusiasm in taking on this operation was something to behold. The objective? To make sure as many veterans as possible get the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to see the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. Thank you PepsiCo/Quaker employees for your successful fundraising campaign and support of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.


Grant Wood School – Cedar Rapids

On April 4, 2013 Eastern Iowa Honor Flight was presented with a check for $1823.00 from the Grant Wood School in Cedar Rapids. The fund raising project was initiated by Tricia Weber’s 4th grade class and spread to the entire school. These young students expressed an accute awareness of history, and what part in history the veterans that we serve played. The enthusiam was just so infectious and when the total was announced, the entire assembly was on their feet applauding. Whether it is from a 4th grade class selling lollipops (982 in one day) or having a bake sale, or an individual or corporate donor, we are dependent on community support to continue our mission. This class had as an original goal, to sponsor one veteran. They ended up sponsoring three!! A sense of history and civic involvement is alive and well at Grant Wood. Thank you students and staff for your caring and your generous donation.