But coliseum officials Thursday confirmed that Howell had cancelled his reservation and had made no effort to reschedule the event.
Howell was unavailable for comment, but in May said he still needed to raise $122,500 to make the event a reality. At the time, he had received a $2,500 grant from Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne and hoped to persuade nine other individuals or businesses to contribute $25,000 by July 4, with the goal of raising another $100,000 by the date of the event.
Howell also hoped to organize a health fair during the coliseum rally, which would have been preceded by a parade.
Howell said he recently learned that his brother, Laurence, had served in the Army during the “secret war” in Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam conflict.