Tiffanie McCafferty helps fund Honor Flight

Friday, October 28, 2011
Tiffanie McCafferty, granddaughter of Billy and Brenda Hasting of Cornersville and the great-granddaughter of Barbara McConnell, helped raise money for an Honor Flight for military veterans from Florida to Washington, D.C.

Special to the Tribune

Tiffanie McCafferty may only be a sophomore in high school, but she's accomplishing more than many people two or three times her age.

Tiffanie, a former Cornersville School student, helped raise $4,300 so military veterans could travel to the nation's capitol to see monuments honoring their service.

She's now living in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with her parents Kevin and Belinda Sharp, and sister Alyssa.

The Treasure Coast High School student is a member of the Air Force Junior ROTC program, Unit 20081, an active group of students who thrive on responsibility and community service.

Through retired Lt. Col. Joseph Cavallaro, who heads the AFJROTC program at Treasure Coast High School, Tiffanie and some of her peers became acquainted with the Honor Flight program and the importance of recognizing those who have served our country in the nation's armed forces, like her great-grandfather, a World War II veteran.

The teens decided to host a dinner to help raise funds for a program that flies veterans to Washington, D.C. to be recognized. Honor Flights are conducted all across America. A number have been flown from Nashville, including Marshall County residents.

With assistance from the Sons of Italy, Tiffanie and her friends in Florida served up a delicious dinner and entertainment, raising $4,300 for Southeast Honor Flight Inc.

Tiffanie has not yet decided if she'll enter military service after high school. She maintains an excellent grade point average and plays soccer, as well as being involved in JROTC and volunteering to help the community.

Tiffanie's advice to other teens thinking about volunteering to help their community is, "Just do it! Know that you will have fun, gain close relationships, get to know other people better; and, actually, you'll get to know yourself better, too."

Tiffanie is the granddaughter of Billy and Brenda Hasting of Cornersville and the great-granddaughter of Barbara McConnell and the late Buford McConnell.