Thanks to our supporters, volunteers, and sponsors, Veteran’s Passport to Hope hosted another successful Gala, helping to raise awareness of veterans’ issues and to raise funds to support area veterans’ organizations.
Dave Fingers, VP2H past president, co-hosted the event along with local radio personality Mandy Connell. Current VP2H president Patrick Wieland also helped run an entertaining show, which included a truly lively live auction and a special guest appearance, via Skype feed, by VP2H Executive Director Tony Drees.
Chris Boyer, a veteran who has turned his own challenges into a focus on speaking and volunteering on behalf of other veterans, was honored with the CPT Kevin J Smith Award. Chris tells his inspirational story, including how VP2H has helped him throughout his journey, in this moving video.
The evening was sponsored in large part by businesses, organizations, and individuals who generously donated financially and by providing some fascinating prizes for the live and silent auctions. Those sponsors included Infiniti of Denver, Anadarko, Sailor Jerry’s, Breckenridge Brewery, Hero Cellars, Spice of Life, Prism group, EKS&H, Colorado Veterans Project, AAA Building Maintenance, Omni Financial, Oasis Advantage, Wired Mustang, and Edie Marks.
Our amazing supporters and sponsors helped us to raise $94,000 at this year’s gala! These funds will be put toward our upcoming grant program that benefits veterans and veterans’ organizations in our area. VP2H raises money throughout the year to support organizations that help veterans transition back into civilian life, overcome trauma, and heal from their war wounds, physically and emotionally. Many of those organizations attended the Gala, including Eagles Nest Ranch, Colorado Veterans Project, and the Colorado branch of Volunteers of America.
We are already looking forward to the next Gala, as well as the many events planned throughout the year that help us help veterans!
To get involved in VP2H as a volunteer to help us with these upcoming events, please contact us to learn more about available opportunities!