Turkeys for Troops 2017 had a special meaning beyond the usual gesture of gratitude toward the men and women of the armed forces. Just three months before the event, the Boerne and Helotes area lost a dear friend and comrade, Stewart Adair. To celebrate his life and contributions to Turkeys for Troops, 2017’s event was held in his honor.
The Legacy of Stewart Adair
In 2009, Toyota of Boerne owner Vic Vaughan got the idea to do a Thanksgiving event to show gratitude to our men and women in uniform. After one local grocery chain refused to sell him the 1,000 turkeys he needed for the inaugural giveaway, Vaughan connected with the store manager of the Helotes Walmart, Stewart Adair. Together, the men got the ball rolling on the first ever Turkeys for Troops. In the years following, Adair played a vital role in supporting and growing the event into what it has become today.
Adair was known for being involved with his community and enjoyed giving back, even outside of work. It shows just how much he touched the members of this community by the recognition and praise he has received for his deeds, even after his passing.
On August 1, 2017, Adair left earth for heaven, ending a brief but courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. He will be missed by many, and his legacy will continue to live on in all of the lives of those he has touched.
Dedicating Turkeys for Troops
The Vaughan family was particularly touched by Adair and his commitment to making Turkeys for Troops a stand-out event year after year. Through working together, he and the Vaughans formed a friendship that went far beyond turkey logistics.
To celebrate his life and impact, last year’s Turkeys for Troops was held in Adair’s memory. Volunteers wore lanyards with his image, and the stage banner featured a joyful headshot from his time at Walmart. Vaughan presented Adair’s wife, Ydette, with a special plaque honoring her husband and family. It was clear the respect that everyone involved in the event had for this remarkable man.
Turkeys for Troops was a grand success this past year, thanks in no small part to Adair’s compounded efforts. It is because of him and many other volunteers, sponsors, and friends that this event can take place each year.