The turnout was somewhat disappointing, said Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts President Frank Muller.
“I would have liked to see more people,” Muller said.
However, the generosity of the people more than made up for it.Donations and raffle ticket sales at the Second Annual 9/11 Concert and Candlelight Vigil raised more than $1,000 on Saturday evening, in addition to more than $4,000 raised through pre-sales of raffle tickets.
Cliff and Doris Parks, parents and grandparents of U.S. Army soldiers currently serving in Iraq, won the raffle grand prize, a 42-inch Samsung plasma TV.
It is the second time Blue Star parents have won the grand prize from the Red Shirts’ annual raffle, organizers said.
Proceeds from the raffle will be used to purchase and send compact DVD players, DVDs and movie treats to soldiers and Marines recuperating at the Camp Dwyer military hospital in Afghanistan, Muller said.
The U.S. Coast Guard posted the colors, while the Emblem Club performed and explained a popular flag folding ceremony.
Jurassic Country & Co., a country music group, performed a variety of music and led a sing-a-long of patriotic songs.
At one point, the Brookings-Harbor High School cheerleaders, who were serving food at the barbecue, joined the band for an impromptu performance.
The Red Shirts were established in June 2006 to support troops serving in harm’s way.
The group has shipped more than 4,600 care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2006. Packages include a variety of items, including Clif Bars, protein snacks, beef jerky, toothpaste, shaving gel, foot powder and sanitizers.
Many of the recipients have been members of the Oregon National Guard.
The Red Shirts are funded primarily through private donations from Brookings and Harbor residents and the generosity of area service organizations and businesses.