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Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Veterans Saluted At Hall Of Springs Ball

Event raised $40K for the Veteran & Community Housing Coalition.

WWII Army Corps veteran Cordon Norton II celebrates with his family. Back: Thad Smith, Kevin and Erin Gates, Christopher and Debrah Norton, Patrick Phillips, Nicole Garcia and Aaron Phillips. Front: Andrea Smith, Cordon Norton II and Anita Phillips. (Cathleen Duffy)
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Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Veterans Saluted At Hall Of Springs Ball

Event raised $40K for the Veteran & Community Housing Coalition.

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This year’s honored veterans. From left: Cpl. Timothy Brammer, Marines; Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class David Forbert, Navy; Cpl. Lou Schneider, Army Medical Corps; Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Fenton, Army; Cheryl Hage-Perez, executive director of VCHC; Ray O’Connor, honorary chair for event; Pvt. II Michelle Taylor, Army; and Col. Ed Kinowski, Air Force. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Veterans Saluted At Hall Of Springs Ball

Event raised $40K for the Veteran & Community Housing Coalition.

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VCHC Executive Director Cheryl Hage-Perez presents William and Beverly Osborn with an award for their son, Cpl. Ben Osborn, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient who died in combat in Afghanistan in 2010. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Veterans Saluted At Hall Of Springs Ball

Event raised $40K for the Veteran & Community Housing Coalition.

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The Joey Thomas Big Band lead singer Bob Father performing at the 2nd annual Veterans Ball. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Veterans Saluted At Hall Of Springs Ball

Event raised $40K for the Veteran & Community Housing Coalition.

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WWII Army Corps veteran Cordon Norton II celebrates with his family. Back: Thad Smith, Kevin and Erin Gates, Christopher and Debrah Norton, Patrick Phillips, Nicole Garcia and Aaron Phillips. Front: Andrea Smith, Cordon Norton II and Anita Phillips. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Veterans Saluted At Hall Of Springs Ball

Event raised $40K for the Veteran & Community Housing Coalition.

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WWII Veteran Walter Blair receives a hand-sewn quilt from Laurie and Victoria Guisti of Loving Hands in All Seasons. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Veterans Saluted At Hall Of Springs Ball

Event raised $40K for the Veteran & Community Housing Coalition.

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The Missing Man Table, set to honor fallen, missing or imprisoned service-members. (Cathleen Duffy)

The Veteran & Community Housing Coalition (VCHC) held its second annual Veteran’s Ball at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Nov. 12. The evening raised $40,000, and proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s mission to end to homelessness among veterans.

Over 400 people attended the soldout event. Nine veterans were honored, as well as several World War II vets who were in attendance. Each veteran who was honored received a dog tag keychain with his or her name and branch of service on it, and an embroidered quilt handmade by Laurie and Victoria Guisti from Loving Hands in All Seasons quilt guild.

A “Missing Man Table” was also set up at the event and not dined at, memorializing fallen, missing, or imprisoned soldiers.

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