(l to r): Fr. Joseph Mullakkara, Linda Popowitz, Jeff Popowitz, Fr. Thang M. Pham and Patriot Peter Manfre
Windsor Forest High School Purple Heart Medal Award
Chapter 576 Delivers Hams to Dobbins AFB (11 May 2018)
Holiday Baskets for Active Military Families (03 December 2017)
Total members 146
Patriot Dave Raper, Chapter 576 and USAF Food Service picking up 102 hams for Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army at Dobbins AFB, Marietta Ga.
Chapter 576 Commander John Hawes (left) receives the 2017-2018 Georgia MOPH Large Chapter of the Year Award and 2017-2018 Recruitment Award from Georgia Department Commander Walter Swenson.
Marietta National Military Cemetery Memorial Day (29 May 2017)
First Responders' Plaque for Deputy Jon Beival (August 2017)
(l to r): Department Commander Walter Swenson, Linda Popowitz, K of C Deputy Grand Knight Jeff Popowitz, Department Commander Walter Swenson, Chapter 576 Commander John Hawes and K of C 4th degree/ MOPH Chapter 576 Presenter Peter Manfre
Chapter 576 hosted the Purple Heart Run at the American Legion Post #201 in Alpharetta, GA on 7 July 2017. The Purple Heart Run truck is a custom-built vehicle paid for by donations from Wounded Warrior Family Services, Ford and the UAW. The truck is on an 8,500 mile trip across the United States to raise awareness of the needs of handicapped Purple Heart recipients. Food and lodging for the trip is provided by Marriott and gasoline is donated by Pilot - Flying J.
The Purple Heart Run truck received a police escort from Atlanta to Alpharetta. Attendees to the event included Patriots and Ladies Auxiliary from numerous Chapters, police officers and fellow veterans. A special guest was Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle who thanked all of the veterans for their service and sacrifices. Dinner was provided by Chapter 576 and the festivities were capped with veterans signing the vehicle. The vehicle will be donated to a Purple Heart recipient when the tour ends in Texas.
MOPH Chapter 576 Patriot Peter Manfre presented a plaque to Jeff Popowitz and his wife Linda in honor of his brother, Gregory Popowitz, who was a Marine killed at Khe Sahn in Vietnam. The ceremony was hosted by the St. Benedict Knights of Columbus Council 10633 in Johns Creek, GA.
Chapter 576 Float in Alpharetta's Old Soldiers Day Parade (5 August 2017)
(l to r): K of C Grand Knight, Bill Moon, Linda Popowitz, K of C Deputy Grand Knight Jeff Popowitz, Department Commander Walter Swenson, Chapter 576 Commander John Hawes and Patriot Peter Manfre
(L to R) MOPH Patriots John Hawes, Walter Swenson, Don Towers, Peter Manfre and Mike Lambert stand beside the Chapter 576 memorial wreath.
Chapter 576 Hosts the Purple Heart Run (7 July 2017)
Four Chapter 576 patriots, (L to R) Dept Commander Walter Swenson, Chapter 576 Commander John Hawes, Chapter 576 Jr. Vice Don Towers and Billy Whiesell playing golf at Lanier in the "For the Warriors" Golf Classic on 11 June 2017.
"For the Warriors" Golf Classic (11 June 2017)
Chapter 576 participated in the city of Alpharetta's annual Old Soldiers Day Parade which salutes all veterans. The Chapter 576 Float, built by Patriot Charles Turner and the Chapter 576 Ladies Auxiliary, contained Chapter members and their family members. Candy was tossed to children along the parade route.
Chapter 576 Awarded MOPH Chapter of the Year (28 April 2018)
Chapter 576 Patriots distributed over 200 holiday baskets to Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corp. families. Each basket contained a Honey Baked ham , a turkey and all the items needed to prepare a holiday feast! In addition, Zaxby's provided gift cards for each basket!
Couples Dinner (21 October 2017)
Department Commander Walter Swenson presenting First Responders' plaque for injuries incurred in the performance of his duties in July 2017 to Deputy Jon Beival, Forsyth County Sheriffs office, with Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman.
Chapter 576 & Knights of Columbus Honor Fallen Marine (19 March 2018)
Cadet LTJG Hunter Peterson receives the Purple Heart Medal Award from Navy Captain Minter (L), PMS, OIC Lassiter High School and Dave Raper (R).