Event organizers were able to raise $7,000 for the Border Patrol Foundation during the inaugural Antique Green Border Patrol reunion held in November.
The Border Patrol Foundation was founded in July 2009 to provide assistance and resource support to families of Border Patrol agents killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
"I think that we (were) exceptional!" said Janalyn M. Buseck, a supervisor with the Yuma Sector Border Patrol and the Antique Green chairwoman.
"Our turnout for all of our events was amazing. I have estimated that of the four events -- golf tournament, open house, hospitality mixer and the reunion -- there were approximately 260 (former) and current Yuma Border Patrol agents and employees and friends in attendance. The surprised looks and smiles on everyone’s faces as they all showed up for each event was proof that this crazy idea was well worth all the effort."
Buseck was grateful to everyone involved who made the event possible, including local businesses and the Border Patrol.
"Had we not had the support of Yuma Sector, we could not have put on the presentation the night of the reunion," she said. "Yuma Sector’s Honor Guard, the Pipes and Drums team and Explorer Post No. 245 all did an exceptional job representing Yuma Sector and the U.S. Border Patrol the night of the reunion."
Of special note was a $1,761 donation provided by Larry Hill, CEO of Honor First Inc., Buseck said.
The event was held despite numerous challenges, Buseck said.
"Due to the economy, there were times throughout the months prior to the reunion that I wasn’t sure that we could do the Border Patrol Foundation justice. But as Border Patrol agents and the Border Patrol family do, we all came together and made things happen."