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Idaho nonprofit hosting fundraiser for fallen National Guard pilots

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From left to right, CW4 Jesse Anderson, 43; CW3 George “Geoff” Laubhan, 39; and CW3 Matthew Peltzer, 43, | Courtesy Idaho National Guard

BOISE (KIVI) — One More Day is a relatively new organization in the Treasure Valley that makes it their mission to provide resources for suicide prevention to military members and veterans.

The organization is hosting a fundraiser Sunday for the three Idaho National Guard pilots who lost their lives flying a training mission back in February.

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“It’s taken my entire life for the last month,” said David Conley of One More Day. “It’s been kind of crazy, but you got to do it because they made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The event started with a motorcycle ride at Whiskey River in Nampa at 10:45. But David Conley told Idaho News 6 the event generated so much interest they decided to meet up for a celebration of life at High Desert Harley Davidson in Meridian from 2-5 p.m.

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The event includes food and a number of special guests, such as Lt. Governor Janie McGeachin and the sister of pilot Geoff Laubhan, who was killed in the helicopter crash.

Several corporate sponsors are helping make this event a possibility and the proceeds raised will go to the families of Jesse Anderson, Matthew Peltzer and Geoff Laubhan.

“It says Idaho is the best,” said Conley. “There is no better state and the people here bind together quickly, it’s phenomenal.

If you’d like to contribute to the fundraiser, click here.

Our attorneys tell us we need to put this disclaimer in stories involving fundraisers: does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries.