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Operation K.A.V.I.C. events

Every year Keller Logistics Group hosts a Veterans and their family appreciation dinner where sponsors are the main source of fundraising for the next year. A few years ago, we added a Golf Outing as a fundraiser for Operation K.A.V.I.C. and last year was the first 5K fun run. This year we’re excited to share that we’ll be adding another Veterans appreciation event in the summer.

We rely on event sponsors and donors to support Operation K.A.V.I.C. If you’re interested in donating or being a corporate sponsor, download the sponsorship flyer or visit our donation page.


Sponsorships for all 4 of our fundraising events are available and range from $3,000 for a President level sponsor to $250 for a Sergeant sponsor.

In addition to overall sponsorships, we have event specific sponsorships available, too. Check out the sponsorship flyer below. Act quickly, some sponsorships like the Beverage Cart at the golf outing or Refuel sponsor at the 5K go quickly and as there is only 1 sponsorship spot available.



Operation K.A.V.I.C. has selected Network for Good to host our online donation platform and proivdes our donors the option of donating via credit or debit card!

All donation sizes go towards preventing Veterans and their families in our community from experiencing financial hardships. Visit our donation page to make a positive impact for a neighbor Veteran.



Supporting Operation K.A.V.I.C.

Operation K.A.V.I.C. would not be possible without the support of our local businesses, vendors of Keller Logistics Group and the Defiance community. We started in late 2015 by hosting the first annual Veterans Appreciation Lunch and were amazed when we raised over $36,000 in the first year. Throughout the last 9 years we’ve continued to add events specifically for Veterans and their families and fundraising events for the community to participate. 

Over the years we’ve been fortunate enough to raise enough funds to increase the yearly benefit amount for qualifying veterans and have expanded the categories supported by Operation K.A.V.I.C. Funds raised support veterans and their families in Defiance County. We can help pay for rent, medical bills, mental health services, car repairs, and even school supplies for veterans children. 

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2023 Veterans & Family Events

We’re up to hosting 4 events this year! New this year is the Veterans and family cook out and mini golf at the new Keller Club House in Defiance on July 13th. We’re bringing back the golf outing for the 5th year and lacing up our running shoes for another 5K fundraising. Of course we’re hosting the Annual Veterans Appreciation dinner in November.

More information on these events and ways you can donate or support them are below.

Veterans eating dinner at the appreciation meal for Operation KAVIC

9th Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner

We’re back for the 9th Annual Free Veterans Appreciation Dinner. Join us on Thursday, November 2nd at the KofC Hall in Defiance. Sponsorships available.

Family photo after mini golf at the Operation KAVIC cook out and mini golf event

Veteran & Family Cook-Out & Mini Golf

New in 2023! We’ll be hosting a summer appreciation event for veterans and their families on Thursday, July 13th. Join us at the new Keller Clubhouse for a lunch cook-out and mini golf. 

Questions about any of our fundraisers? Contact Meredith Mickey at 419.980.0092 or 

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2023 Fundraising Events

We host two community events during the year where a portion of registration fees go to the Operation KAVIC fund. If you’re interested in participating in the Golf Outing for the 5K, registration links will be posted as we get closer to the event. You can follow Operation K.A.V.I.C. on Facebook to be one of the first to register. 

We also have event specific sponsorship opportunities available such as a lunch sponsor, beverage cart sponsor, refuel sponsor, motivational sign or flag sponsor. 

These community events are FREE for Veterans! We also have a Sponsors a Veteran option so our veterans can participate in the golf outing or run in the 5K for free! More information on sponsoring a veteran can be found on our donation page or on our Facebook page. 

Operation K.A.V.I.C. Golf Outing

Hit the links with us! It’s the 5th annual Golf Outing at Eagle Rock golf course in Defiance on Saturday, August 12th. We’ve sold out the past 4 years, so get your team together and register early! 

Operation K.A.V.I.C. 5K & Fun Run

We had our first 5K event in 2022 and we’re bringing it back again this year! Lace up your shoes and run a 5K route on the Keller Logistics Group campus on the morning of Saturday, September 30th. 

Questions about any of our fundraisers? Contact Meredith Mickey at 419.980.0092 or 

 2022 Operation K.A.V.I.C. Sponsors

2022 President Sponsors of Operation K.A.V.I.C. include Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, Premier Bank, Northwestern Mutual, MW Solutions, VFW, and Stoops Freightliner
2022 President Sponsors of Operation K.A.V.I.C. include Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, Premier Bank, Northwestern Mutual, MW Solutions, VFW, and Stoops Freightliner

Fundraising FAQ

We have two main fundraisers through the year to prepare for the next year’s needs. Golf Outing, and sponsorships for the Veterans Appreciation Dinner.

How can I donate to Operation K.A.V.I.C.?

Donations are accepted year round! You can attend one of our events or mail your donation to Keller Logistics Group | Attn: Operation K.A.V.I.C. | 24862 Elliott Road | Defiance, Ohio 43512.

Please make checks payable to Operation K.A.V.I.C.

What does Operation K.A.V.I.C. Help With?

Operation K.A.V.I.C. is there to fill the gaps in the veterans military benefits. In the past, we’ve been able to help with dental bills, car repairs, tools for work, therapy dogs, home repairs and much more! If you can think of it, we’ve probably helped with it.

How much of the funds raised goes to local veterans?

100% of the funds raised goes to veterans and their families in Defiance County.

Keller Logistics Group handles the coordination and promotion of the events, the Veterans Office takes care of processing requests, and Ravens Care is the financial arm who manages the fund.

How do I request assistance from Operation K.A.V.I.C.?

To request assistance from Operation K.A.V.I.C., please contact the Defiance County Veterans Affairs office at 419.782.6861. 

All requests and assistance provided are confidential. 

How do I donate proceeds from an event to Operation K.A.V.I.C.?

Thank you for supporting Operation K.A.V.I.C.! We’d love to help promote your event, not only to our employees but also on our social media pages. Please contact Meredith.Mickey at or 419.980.0092 if you’d like us to share your information. After the event, please mail a check made out to Ravens Care to Keller Logistics Group | Attn: Operation KAVIC | 24862 Elliott Road | Defiance, OH 43512. Be sure to include the name of your event so we can recognize you on our website and social media accounts!