By Sandy Meyer
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (LAVFW) welcomes the public to a special dinner on Saturday, November 15 from 5–7 p.m. The community is invited to join them for the Department President’s Special Project fundraiser. Each year the VFW’s national president chooses a project to raise funds for with the support of its local VFW organizations, and this year the funds will go the VFW National Children’s Home in Michigan. Dinners are $8 and include a stuffed pork chop, potato, vegetable, salad and dessert. There will also be basket raffles and a secret pull for prizes with Music by Jeff to follow. Take-out orders will also be available.
Lori Yeago, the LAVFW Post 8108 president, is hoping to raise lots of money for the VFW National Home for Children’s newly planned park.
“It is a beautiful sanctuary where families that struggle with deployments, etc. can find peace and stability with others that actually understand the unseen side of war,” said Yeago.
The VFW National Home for Children was founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war, mothers and children, brothers and sisters, could remain together keeping the family intact even when their service member didn’t return. Today’s families face different challenges including reintegration, post-traumatic stress, high unemployment and rehabilitation from injuries, among others, and the National Home has evolved to meet those changing needs.
Besides the national fundraiser that is chosen each year, the LAVFW supports the local community in a variety ways. Projects include donating to the Veterans Hospital as well as a school supply drive for families who can’t afford the expense. Additional information about VFW Post 8108 can be found by visiting myvfw.org/fl/post8108/ or their Facebook page.
Tickets for the dinner are available in the Canteen at VFW Riverview Memorial Post 8108, located at 7504 Riverview Dr. in Riverview. For more information, call 671-9845.
“Please everyone please come out and support this very worthy cause. All monies raised are sent to the VFW National Children’s Home,” said Yeago.