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VCHC Veterans Ball Raises Funds To Build Homes For Veteran Moms

The 4th annual Veterans & Community Housing Coalition event hosted more than 400 guests on November 3.

(Front row, from left) Robert Elbertson, U.S. Navy (94); Gene Gierka, U.S. Army Air Corps (93); Cecily Gerghaty, British Royal Air Force (99); Ken Bailey, U.S. Army (97); George Williams, U.S. Army (94); Joe Vertichio, U.S. Navy (100). (Back row, from left) Victoria Guisti, Laurie Guisti, Cheryl Hage-Perez, Ray O’Conor, Leigha Rosenberger. (Shaleem Love)
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On November 3, the Veterans & Community Housing Coalition hosted its 4th annual Veterans Ball at the Saratoga Hall of Springs. With more than 400 guests in attendance, VCHC continued its mission to support local veterans and their families with affordable housing and support services. The evening included a silent auction, tributes to local veterans, dancing and dinner. Honored veterans included officers of different branches of the United States Armed Forces, including the Navy, Marine Corps and the Air Force, as well as a special tribute to local WWII veterans Dom Scavia, George Williams, Sir Ken Bailey, Cecily Geraghty and Bob Elbertson, who all received quilts made by the Sunday Sewing Sisters.

“This year’s ball was a success due to the generosity of our community and the dedication of our committee,” says Cheryl Hage-Perez, executive director of VCHC. “The proceeds will be used as a kick-off campaign to build a duplex home for single, homeless Veteran moms with their children. There is no facility for them to get the help they need while transitioning.” VCHC is a nonprofit organization located in Ballston Spa.

Olivia Mendlinger

Olivia Mendlinger is an editorial assistant at saratoga living.

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