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Wounded Warriors Gala

(Oct. 31, 2014) The American Legion Post #166 in Ocean City will host its annual Wounded Warriors Gala on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $30 and includes one beverage, hors d’oeuvres and dinner with music. All proceeds will go to Post #166 charities for Wounded Warriors. These charities include Helping Hometown Heroes, Heroes to Hometowns and Operation Comfort Warriors.

“These are the three organizations that distribute 100 percent to the troops in need,” American Legion Commander Sarge Garlitz said.

Helping Hometown Heroes’ goal is to assist recuperating military men and women from their military lives to their civilian life. Heroes to Hometowns is a transition program for severely injured service members returning home from OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) and OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom). Heroes to Hometowns establish a support network and coordinates resources for those service members.

Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) is a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government.

Attending the event will be founder and director of Helping Hometown Heroes, Rosita Underwood, and American Legion’s Heroes to Hometowns and Operation Comfort Warrior Department of Maryland American Legion First Vice Commander, Lewis Trott.

Wounded warriors scheduled to attend the gala include Jesse James Llama, Clarksburg Md.; Marco Robledo, Clarksville, Ark.; Reno Roethle, Tucson, Arz.; Landon Becker, Mount Airy, Md. and Anthony Brown, Baltimore.

The keynote speaker for the gala will be Lieutenant General (USA ret.) William N. Phillips. The proclamations declaring Wounded Warrior Day in Ocean City and Synepuxent Post #166 American Legion will be given by Senator James Mathias and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.

For gala tickets, call the American Legion at 410-289-3166, Garlitz at 443-735-1942, commander166@msn.com or Chairman John Quinn at 443-235-9444.

Also during the gala, Post #166 will be collecting items for the troops. Items being asked for include plain white T-shirts, socks, toiletry items, puzzle books, snack bars, tuna and chicken in foil and beef jerky.

For more information on the troop collection contact Garlitz, or John Granite at 302-494-7499, poppygra3@msn.com.

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