Legacy Run hits $1 million

The American Legion Legacy Run has done it again.

Donations made on the floor of the 96th Annual American Legion National Convention raised this year’s Legacy Run total to a record $1 million. More than $435,000 was raised during the five-day ride, which was sponsored by USAA. More than $510,000 was donated throughout the national convention, while a final donation of $53,000 was made by American Legion Charities on the final day of the convention.

Top donors included the Department of Minnesota Legion Riders ($87,000), the Department of Wisconsin (more than $70,000), the South Carolina Legion Riders (more than $43,000), the Department of Pennsylvania ($40,000) and Converse (Texas) Post 593 ($32,000).

"I want to thank all of you very much for all of your hard work," National Commander Dan Dellinger said after announcing the donation total.

Nine Legacy Runs have now raised more than $5 million for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships for the children of U.S. servicemembers killed on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.