Sandy Hughey is passionate about Cornerstone Lutheran Church’s military ministry program.
“I feel like we need to give back to the men and women in the Armed Forces,” said Hughey, whose late husband, Ed, was a Korean War veteran. “I feel it’s an important part of our church.”
Sandy Hughey, a Carmel resident, was the coordinator of the event that was conducted at the Camp Atterbury USO Facility May 18, which was Armed Forces Day.
Hughey said the volunteers served more than 200 soldiers during the two-hour dinner. The Boomer Gang donated their time for a musical performance for 2 1/2 hours.
“It was very well-received by our troops,” Hughey said. “They just kept thanking us for doing it.”
One soldier told Hughey it was a nice break from the usual Army fare.
City Barbecue catered the dinner of pulled pork, buns, baked beans and macaroni and cheese. The ministry supplied veggie trays and church members baked 200 assorted desserts. McAlister’s Deli Fishers donated lemonade and sweet and unsweetened tea.
“It was a church effort because we asked church members to write 200 letters of gratitude to the soldiers,” Hughey said.
Josh Schumann, a church member and senior at Carmel High School, helped get students to write more than 150 letters of appreciation for the military members.
There was a cornhole challenge and volleyball competition.
The military ministry, headed by Hughey, supports active, reservist, retired and homeless veterans. Her group provides care packages each month to the USO in Afghanistan.
“We have purchased and refurbished more than 50 used bicycles for Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation in Indianapolis,” Hughey said.
There are 23 members on the church’s Military Ministry Team from the Carmel main campus and the Fishers site. A smaller Cornerstone Lutheran church started in Indianapolis this year.