april 1, 2012

VFW Post 7508 of Old Bridge Raises Over $2,800 for Local Vets in Need

More than 75 people, including many veterans and their families, attended the event to benefit the GI Go Fund and the veterans they serve

Vegas Headliner Craig Newell sings the Elvis classics to the nearly 100 veteran supporters who came out for the night of great food and music.

OLD BRIDGE, NJ - The VFW Post 7508 of Old Bridge, NJ raised over $2,800 for the GI Go Fund and veterans in need during a Hawaiian-themed Dinner and Dance.

More than 75 people, including many veterans and their families, attended the event on Saturday, March 31st, for a night of great food and fun, which included a full buffet dinner, free beer, and live entertainment by famed Las Vegas Headliner and Elvis Presley impersonator Craig Newell. Patrons were also treated to a silent auction, where over a dozen Elvis-themed items and other prizes were given out. All proceeds from the event benefitted the GI Go Fund, a veterans’ organization founded by five Middlesex County residents aimed at assisting veterans with finding employment and connecting to critical health and financial benefits.

“It was a really fun night,” said Bob Grossman, a representative of VFW 7508. “A lot people from around the area came here to have a good time with their families, enjoy the food and the entertainment. We had a great time, and it all went to a good cause, so that made it even better.”

The organizers of the event would like to thank Greg Lalevee and everyone at Operating Engineers Local 825, who made a sizable contribution to the make the event possible.

“We wanted to do something nice for the local veterans in the community,” said Pat Pendleton, Commander of the VFW Post 7508. “A lot of these men and women are coming home now with a lot of needs, and it’s our duty to take care of them the way they took care of us. And thanks to everyone in the community and the guys at the Operating Engineers Local 825, we were able to have a great event-one that will help us welcome our vets home the right way.”

GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous voiced his appreciation for VFW and everyone who participated. “This was a great night for our cause. We have thousands of veterans returning to New Jersey this year as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to a close. And we are already seeing them in need of support, be it employment and education assistance or even winding up homeless due to mounting bills. Thanks to the VFW Post 7508, Operating Engineers Local 825, and all the local residents who took part in this event, we will be able to help more of our returning soldiers as they work to provide for themselves and their loved ones.”