Sock Hop to raise funds for the troops

JAMESTOWN – The Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 of Jamestown and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 are holding a sock hop to raise funds for their Support the Troops Program.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., ’50s and ’60s music by DJ Scottie will fill the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 Building at 41 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown.

Meals for $5 each or $8 per couple will include hot dogs, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, french fries and desserts.

There will be various raffles and a 50/50 to raise funds.

All proceeds from the event help the Support the Troops Program to send care packages to active members deployed overseas.

“We are two veterans’ organizations dedicated to assisting all veterans past, present and future in any situation that may come our way. Whether someone needs direction to services, someone to talk to or just to see brothers and sisters with a common bond, we are here for them.” said Joe Paladino, VMW Chapter 20 president. “The packages that we send out have letters introducing our organizations and the Support the Troops Program’s mission. We invite the service men and women to come visit when they return stateside so that we can welcome them into our brotherhood and caring family. Also included is our message that we are proud of them, we are praying for their safe return and that they are heroes and will be honored as such when they return home.”

In 2013, the Chapters were able to raise enough funds to ship 187 care packages packed with $60 to $80 of basic necessities and goodies, each averaging between $25 and $35 to ship overseas.

They would not have been able to raise the funds to ship that amount of packages without the support of many local businesses and the community.

The VMW, VVA and Support the Troops work together to recruit and inform local veterans of benefits, and maintain the integrity that no veteran past, present or future is left behind or forgotten.

They continuously hold fundraisers to raise money for veterans in need, families of veterans in need, care packages to service members and make donations to community foundations.

To raise funds in order to provide these different services, several fundraising events are held which include: dice runs, Vinnie Day, Chili Challenge, Veterans Day Bash, Christmas Tree/Wreath Sale, chicken barbeques, pool/Corn Hole Tournaments and 200 Club. Various other events include bake sales, raffles, 50/50 drawings, silent auctions, live auctions and several others.

On a regular basis they also attend different veteran functions, conduct flag ceremonies, participate in parades, provide military funeral services as requested, and inform veterans and their families of benefits available all at no charge.

Additional organization events for this year will include:

VMW 200 Club – Sunday at 6 p.m. All proceeds from this function help the VMW provide funds to local veterans and veteran’s families in need of assistance and again assistance in mailing packages to troops overseas. This is a day filled with music, food and 50/50’s all for a Great Cause. Tickets for this event were available starting Aug. 1. Please call 450-6768 if interested in purchasing a ticket.

Chili Challenge – March 8 at starting at 1 p.m. with a pool tournament and then chili contest beginning at 4 p.m. If interested in entering your chili, please call 450-6768.

Toga Party – May 3 to raise funds for Support the Troops Program

White Elephant Rummage Sale – June 20 and 21 to raise funds for Support the Troops Program

For more information on the Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 contact Joe Paladino, Organization President, at 499-5821.

For more information on Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865, call local number 483-6845.