Hobbyists show off handiwork, raise money for a cause
Posted April 18, 2015
Fayetteville, N.C. — Dozens of hobbyists showed off their handiwork Saturday in Fayetteville while raising money for children who lost a parent in war.
Dave Bullock, a U.S. Air Force veteran, hopes to turn his love of building model ships into a nationwide charitable organization called the Lifeboats for Warriors Project.
"The concept of doing it as a charitable cause is unique to all of us," Bullock said. "I think it's just a wonderful way to say thank you for your service."
Peter van Warmerdan, 82, traveled from Florida to have a model lobster boat auctioned off to raise money.
"I like the idea of helping other people," he said.
Van Warmerdan lost his father during World War II when a Japanese torpedo sank his ship.
"I feel for these children because I went through that," he said. "He was the best father I could ever wish to have."
To remember his father, Van Warmerdan built a replica of a submarine.
"My father was actually involved with the particular boat that I made a model of," he said.
The proceeds from Saturday's event were donated to the Gary Sinese Foundation and Snowball Express.