Over the past several months, the Veterans Club of Celebration has been involved in fundraising projects as well as membership activities that promote camaraderie and fellowship between the club members and auxiliary members.
We started the month of February off with our annual breakfast brunch at the Shades of Green. Over 40 club and auxiliary members attended. We had the opportunity to honor two of our members as they celebrated their birthdays, Joe Beam and Joe Gallego, son of Tony Gallego.
Spring-cleaning came early as club members and auxiliary members cleaned out their garages, closets and sheds of items that could be used to sell at the March Celebration Porch and Yard Sale. Judy and Robert Hager generously volunteered the use of their front porch and home to the Veterans Club to sell items. The Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express will receive 100 % of the proceeds from the sale. The Snowball Express will occur again at Disney this year. Funds received from the general sale are going to benefit Veterans programs as well as food and supplies for our BBQ/Pig Roast in May.
The Veterans Club of Celebration was represented at “Honoring Our Heroes,” the 18th Annual Osceola Veterans Council Dinner and Award Ceremony in April.
One of our busiest months, May, starts with our annual BBQ/Pig Roast on the 18th. The Celebration High School JRAFROTC Detachment once again will assist us with the food preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning. By assisting us, the cadets earn a certain amount of credit to meet their requirements for completing the cadet program and graduate.
We support the community of Celebration by participating alongside the Boy Scouts of Celebration in the Memorial Day Flag ceremony at Founders Park. This year we will be dedicating a veteran brick to Herman Zanoni, a WWII Veteran, who fought in the Pacific Islands such as Ohau, Okinawa and Leyte. Herman passed away on February 28 at the age of 95.
As you can see, the Veterans Club of Celebration is actively doing various projects to support our Veteran Community. Therefore, the next time you see a Veteran, thank them for their service and remember as well all the fire, police and EMT’s.