Student spearheads veterans fundraiser

Published 5:36 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mitchell Faircloth












Bainbridge High School junior Mitchell Faircloth thinks local veterans and wounded warriors deserve more attention in the Bainbridge community.

To show his appreciation, Faircloth, 17, is organizing a concert event on May 7 where local bands will play at the Earle May Boat Basin to raise money for the veterans group Honor Sentinels.

“Everybody likes music,” Faircloth said. “I figured I could get a lot more people to come if I did music. The Honors Sentinels decided to talk to the bands for me and helped me get them to come.”

A community service organization first and a riding club second, the Honor Sentinels is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of veterans and children in the Southwest Georgia area. The group also provides motorcycle escorts to wounded veterans.

In September 2015, the Honor Sentinels’ Honor House Veterans Centers was the target of arson, burning the building and forcing the organization to rebuild from scratch. Multiple events and fundraisers since then have helped raise money for a new veterans center, and Faircloth’s concert event is another one to add to the list.

Bainbridge Honor Sentinel President Dan West said he was happy to be working with Faircloth to bring the concert to life.

“He’s a good young man taking on a big project,” West said. “His heart is in the right place and he is doing it for the right reasons. It’s a pleasure to help him put on this event. We are honored he has chosen us to help.”

Faircloth said he saw the opportunity and took the initiative to create the fundraiser on his own. A member of BHS Junior ROTC, he also plans to get his fellow students involved.

“The Sunday following, there is going to be a lot of trash, so they will help clean up,” Faircloth said.

Faircloth would like to one day join the Navy. He is interest in aviation and nuclear engineering.

The ticket price for the concert will be $5 per person.

“Come out and show your support,” Faircloth said. “(The veterans) gave it all so you could be here today.”