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VETERANS COMMITTEE — Members of the PEF Veterans Committee pose with speakers at the Veterans Luncheon at the PEF Annual Convention.

Veterans luncheon raffle benefits Albany Housing Coalition


The PEF Veterans’ Committee collected $500 from a raffle at the 2019 Convention luncheon and chose to donate the proceeds to the Albany Housing Coalition.

RAFFLE SALES — Attendees of the Veterans Luncheon at the PEF Annual Convention purchase raffle tickets. The proceeds were donated to the Albany Housing Coalition to support housing for homeless veterans.

“Each year, at the annual PEF Convention, the committee has a veterans’ luncheon,” Veterans Committee member Bob Harms said at the November PEF Executive Board meeting. “Each committee member donates a basket, or some other nice gift, and we do a raffle at the luncheon to benefit various veterans organizations. This year we raised $500, and we are donating it to Albany Housing Coalition.”

The coalition assists homeless and at-risk veterans, offering rapid-response assistance and supportive services for veterans’ families.

“For those at risk of eviction, the program may be able to pay rent arrears and eliminate other barriers to remaining in their home,” Harms said. “The program is open to all eligible veterans who are within Albany, Schenectady or Rensselaer counties. Ultimately, the goal of this program is to eliminate homelessness among veterans in the Capital District.”

The Albany Housing Coalition commended the PEF Veterans Committee for its donation.

“As the Director of Veterans Services and a 28-year Army Veteran, I am always amazed at the efforts put forth to raise money in support of our homeless veterans,” said Albany Housing Coalition’s Lee Vartigian. “We rely heavily on grants but just as important monetary donations to fill the gaps. Our organization is blessed to have Veteran Committees working hard to support all aspects of our organization.”

Members of the PEF Veterans Committee are Chair Bruce Jagroop, Rich Fletcher, Harms, Chris Buman, Latonia Taylor, and Tara Bentley, PEF staff.


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