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Community > Benefits & Fundraisers

Funds raised for vets home in Liberty

Apr 25, 2016

By Dan Hust - staff writer

By: Dan Hust | Democrat
BLOOMINGBURG - The second annual benefit dinner for BATS (Begin Again Transitional Services) raised over $11,000 for its soon-to-open veterans transitional home in Liberty.
The April 15 gala featured dancing, food and an auction (including a pair of gardening gloves emcee Greg Goldstein worked hard to sell!).
A crowd of around 100 was welcomed by BATS Vice Chair Anthony Covington, who said the target opening is Veterans Day this year.
Keynote speaker Captain Eric Durkins, a Sullivan County native and chief of staff of the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing, somberly noted that between 45,000 and 60,000 veterans are homeless, and nearly half of them served in Vietnam.
“Each veteran should have a place to call their home,” he advocated, simultaneously pleased that BATS will reduce that number by 8-10. “Isn't it ironic these veterans' new home will be found in [a place called] Liberty?”
Honored at the benefit was volunteer Hailey Butler, who was given the Greenberg Award of Excellence (named after the prior homeowners in Liberty) for her passionate commitment to the cause.
She was congratulated by Norman Graves, pastor of New Beginnings Community Worship Center, of which BATS is an outreach ministry.
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