GJM’s Wanderlust Benefit for Flag City Honor Flight Slated for October 28

Gilmore Jasion Mahler’s Wanderlust, a signature benefit event for Flag City Honor Flight (FCHF), returns this Fall! Wanderlust: A Stroll Through Paris is Friday, October 28, 2022, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Findlay. Wanderlust tickets are on sale now!

The event will raise money for Flag City Honor Flight which, after halting flights for two years, resumed its flight schedule with an unprecedented three flights in 2022. All proceeds from Wanderlust: A Stroll Through Paris will go directly to FCHF. Part of the National Honor Flight Network, FCHF is funded solely by donations. The organization brings veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor. Veterans don’t pay a penny to make the trip.

FCHF paused flights in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. This year’s flights were June 7 and September 13, with a final flight scheduled for November 1.

“We are so thrilled to be able to take to the skies and bring these American heroes on this special journey once again. We’re very grateful to GJM for hosting Wanderlust. Thanks to this event, we’ve been able to bring hundreds more Veterans to Washington, D.C.,” says FCHF President Bob Weinberg. “Our November 1, 2022 flight, which will be an all-Vietnam Veteran flight, has a very generous corporate sponsor, Ohio Logistics, covering the cost of the trip. But GJM’s Wanderlust event is critical to our core mission to bring Veterans from all eras to Washington, DC. Wanderlust 2022 proceeds will help fund our 2023 flights.”

Since its founding over 26 years ago, GJM has had a strong commitment to community. The firm has supported countless philanthropic efforts through the years and many staff members serve on the boards of local nonprofits. In 2015, GJM aligned with Flag City Honor Flight and established the major fundraiser. The GJM events in 2016, 2017 and 2019 have together raised over $260,000 for Flag City Honor Flight.

“I cannot imagine anything more meaningful than helping these men and women get to our nation’s capital with Flag City Honor Flight. While we can’t ever repay them for the sacrifices they’ve made for our country, this is one way we can show them how grateful we are as a nation and help give them an experience they’ll never forget,” says GJM Managing Partner Kevin Gilmore.

A big part of Wanderlust’s success is corporate, individual, and in-kind sponsorships. Special thanks to all 2022 sponsors, including major Wanderlust sponsors Ohio Logistics and American Interiors. 


Event Details:

An inspiring and entertaining evening, as attendees are transported to the romantic streets, flower markets, gardens, and cafes of Paris, “The City of Lights”. Guests will enjoy an evening embracing all things French, sipping on champagne & other drinks, enjoying French-inspired cuisine, live performers, a live auction, raffle and more.

WTOL news anchor Dan Cummins, who himself is very active in supporting FCHF through his news coverage, will emcee the 2022 event with GJM’s Susan Ross Wells. Findlay auctioneer Trent Farthing has graciously agreed once again to donate his talents for the evening’s live auction.

Live auction packages will include something for the men and ladies in the room, as well as two signature trips: one for a private villa in St. Lucia, the other: a getaway for two to Paris.

Tickets to Wanderlust 2022: A Stroll Through Paris are $70 each. To buy your tickets now, or secure a sponsorship, visit the Wanderlust 2022 webpage. Questions about the event? Simply reach out to GJM’s Tracy Kennedy at tkennedy@gjmltd.com, Deanna Herr at dherr@gjmltd.com or Susan Ross Wells at srosswells@gjmltd.com.

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business & transaction advisory, healthcare management advisory, outsourced accounting, and risk advisory. The firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution, nonprofit, private equity and utilities.

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