SFA Chapter 1-18 Property Purchase GoFundMe - We’ve started a GoFundMe to purchase our home
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About The Event
Special Forces Association Chapter 1-18 lost our Teamhouse in 2017 in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. We were able to save 70-75% of the memorabilia that has been collected over the past 50 years but since that point have been nomadic. Paying storage fees and using different venues to continue operations as normal decreased our ability to support the Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville area. We are in the process of changing that, moving into our new forever home. A few months ago we moved into a property owned by a Special Forces retiree. He gave the option to rent indefinitely or to purchase outright. The property has a total of 5 structures on 64-acres with a lot of potential. The structures include (1) a double-wide trailer that has our office, bar and is the primary meeting area, (2) a 1800 sq. ft. warehouse that serves as our assembly and chow hall, (3) an enclosed garage with plenty of space for our two pool tables and a couple dart boards and (4 and 5) two 20’ shipping containers that have been insulated and wired for climate controlled storage. We have been busy hanging the majority of the memorabilia and improving the grounds which is starting to pay dividends, bringing new people out each time the gates are open and gaining new members.
We are raising money to purchase the property. First off, rather than paying rent every month, we will be making payments towards purchasing the property. Once purchased, we are able to start making big changes. The Chapter recognizes that in order to draw in new membership and support, the property must be family friendly. In addition to providing the membership a Teamhouse for camaraderie and hosting our normal Special Forces Qualification Course Graduation (SFQC) BBQs, meetings and local events, we have a couple initiatives we are instituting immediately. In February we will begin hosting a monthly kid’s afternoon, using the warehouse as a movie theater and also hosting a monthly poker and bingo game. We expect the Family Readiness Group for the students and cadre of the SFQC to begin using this location for their monthly trivia nights, as well as different advanced courses using our space for some of their events.
This property has the potential of income revenue with billboards on I-95 and Highway 87 as well as selling timber and a possible cell phone tower. After we purchase the property , we can start modifying it to better fit our needs. Long term plans include a 3.5-acre parking area, a 2-acre stocked fishing pond and a nature trail with shooting lanes, capable of supporting 3-gun or sporting clay events.
Purchasing this property will allow the Chapter to have an income versus a continuous deficit. Not only will your assistance go towards taking care of Special Forces soldiers and their families, providing a private, family friendly environment, but it will also aid in our ability to assist the Fort Bragg and Fayetteville areas. The projected income will be used to better support events focused on military families and single soldiers, increase our scholarship program, assist local food banks, work with other benevolent organizations and take care of Chapter family members in their time of need.
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