LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Two Livingston County Veteran groups salute all of those who helped to make their dance themed fundraising event an overwhelming success.
On July 9, VFW post 5005, American Legion post 271 and Livingston County Veteran Services held the ‘Veterans Victory Dance’ in support of Veterans at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo. The Office for the Aging, RSVP, and Catholic Charities contributed to the successfulness of the event, which, combined with donations from 226 patrons, raised $3,000.00.
“VFW post 5005 and American Legion post 271 are clear examples of the qualities that best exemplify Veterans organizations,” Stated Jason Skinner, Director of Livingston County Veterans Affairs. “I am not surprised that the continued leadership and advocacy of these two local veteran groups has led to another successful endeavor. They have redefined the ‘veterans club’ by not having one. They meet at the Quality Inn of Geneseo NY every month and plan ice-cream socials with veterans that are in nursing homes. They have a golf tournament and sell Christmas trees to help sustain their local veteran recognition barbecue and funeral details. They are one of the most active posts in attending funerals to ensure that local veterans receive full military honors.”
The National Warplane Museum proved to be the perfect venue for this event as it coincided with the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’. Dancing among the vintage air planes in the hangar, attendees were able to learn how to dance swing-style to the music of the 18 piece big band. Many dancers were dressed in period costume which set the spirit of the evening.
“These two Veterans organization came together to put what it means to be a member of either organization aside,” Skinner goes on to say. “And exemplify what it means to be stewards of their community. They would not tell you all of the great things they do for their community because they are a truly selfless mix of men and women. I will tell you, it was only by happenstance that they meet at the Quality Inn. It couldn’t be any more fitting. I would like to thank everyone who helped donate local to help local and make this event a night to remember.”