DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS ATTEND SENATOR BALL’S PLANNING MEETING FOR 3RD ANNUAL VETERANS’ THANKSGIVING DINNER

 

    Mahopac, N.Y. – 8/22/2013 – Dozens of volunteers gathered at Putnam National Golf Course on Thursday evening for Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C, I – Patterson) first planning meeting for his 3rd Annual Veterans’ Thanksgiving Dinner.

    Senator Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee and the Military Order Of The Purple Heart, Chapter 21 are hosting their 3rd Annual Veterans’ Thanksgiving Dinner for local veterans. Last year, hundreds of veterans’ attended the free dinner hosted at Putnam National Golf Club.

    Over the past two years, Senator Greg Ball has worked with the community to host an annual Thanksgiving Dinner for local veterans. This year’s dinner promises to be bigger than ever. Senator Ball is seeking volunteers and donations to help make the free meal possible.

    “This wonderful event couldn’t be possible without the help of local scouts, school groups, sports teams and hundreds of volunteers that turn out each year. I urge anyone that wants to give back to those that gave so much to us, to help us in the planning efforts of this dinner,” said Senator Greg Ball. “To see the smile on the vets’ faces as they walk into the room, makes the dinner worth it every year.”

    The Thanksgiving Dinner will be hosted on Saturday, November 23rd at Putnam National Golf Course. There will be three seating’s at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Veterans that would like to attend should contact Senator Greg Ball’s office at (845) 279-3773.

    Earle Bellows of Mahopac volunteered at the dinner last year and said he is back once again to show his appreciation to local veterans.

    “I think it is great that we honor those who have served our country. It hits home to me because my father is a WWII veteran and my younger son currently serves our country. We can never forget our history and we always have to support our veterans,” said Bellows. “Kudos to Senator Ball, this is a great event he puts together and spearheads, I commend him and I commend all the volunteers that are involved. You actually have to see it to believe it, all the people that come out and dedicate their time for this event.”

    “Every year I am honored to be part of such a special event. Seeing all these volunteers show up today brings true meaning to why we do this,” said Eugene Parrotta, Chairman of Senator Ball’s Veterans’ Advisory Council. “We can’t thank Senator Ball and the Military Order Of The Purple Heart, Chapter 21 enough for working together with our community to make this day happen.”

    “I think it’s a wonderful thing that is being done for the veterans. They love coming to it, they feel very special, very important, and it is important to honor them,” said Karen Greza of Cortlandt. “Senator Ball took the ball and got a lot of people rolling on the ball with him!”

    In addition to volunteers, Senator Ball is also seeking donations for the Thanksgiving Dinner including: turkeys, potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, stuffing, chicken broth, stuffing, salad, dinner rolls and more.

    Anyone interested in volunteering or donating goods is asked to contact Senator Greg Ball’s office at (845) 279-3773 or kgobins@nysenate.gov.

    The next volunteer meeting will be held on October 3rd at 7:00PM, at the Putnam County Golf Course.

    For more information contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796.

     

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