Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 23, 2013

Gearing up!

Foundation looking forward to air show at Cedar Creek Lake

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — The Cedar Creek Lake Veterans Foundation is gearing up for this year's Air Show — Thunder Over Cedar Creek lake. The air show is an annual event held the weekend closest to July 4. This year it will be Saturday, July 6.

The event will start with a golf tournament to be held on Monday, May 6, at Pinnacle Golf Club. The tournament will benefit The Fisher House, Hope for the Warriors and Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. Some of the participants in this year’s golf tournament are George P. Bush, Rudy Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers) and singer Pat Green, former military personnel, current military personnel and soldiers who are recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

CCVF will be honor veterans for their services to the U.S. This year’s veterans include Terry Massey, USMC, Master Chief Petty Officer  Garrett O. Smith USN (retired) and Lt. James D. Ragsdale (retired). The public is invited to watch these patriot men be honored for their service to their country. The three men will be honored about 1:30 p.m. the day of the tournament at Pinnacle Golf Club.

For information on the tournament, contact Patty Evans at 903-451-1020. E-mail

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake is a spectacular air show  with aerial acrobatics, and an up-close experience with the power of a jet fighter.  Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake is the only air show held over water in the southwest.

Gayle Robinson, co-president of the event, said CCVF  has been established to raise money to assist with the physical and emotional recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured and disabled military personnel and veterans, with a focus on those individuals residing in and serving the Northeast Texas Region.

The show can be seen from the shore line at the Pinnacle Club, or from a boat in the water. VIP seating at the Pinnacle Club is limited, and the cost is $50. Contact Robinson at  903-451-5054 for information on tickets.

If you are interested in meeting the pilots before the airshow, there is an opportunity to attend a Pilot's Party. Tickets are available for $20. Contact Robinson or Evans for information on the Pilot's party.