Thank you Tomah
We were hoping for a warm, sunny day on Friday, April 20th, as we held our open house for the new Wisconsin Corporate office of the Veterans Assistance Foundation (VAF). What we got was an overcast, cool and windy morning.
Thankfully, the weather didn’t deter the public and invited guest from showing up. We had a great turn out with individuals coming to learn about the VAF, tour the building and enjoy either a brat or hot dog from the fundraiser event held in conjunction with the open house.
We also had members of the Greater Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce present as the ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the kickoff of the event. In addition, we had several area politicians or representatives from their offices present. Those who attended were able to meet with Senator Jennifer Schilling of the 32nd Senate District; Mark Aumann, Congressional Aide for Ron Kind of the Third Congressional District; and Senator Julie Lassa and Representative Any Sue Vruwink, who will be representing our area if the proposed redistricting of the legislative districts takes effect. Also present were individuals from Fort McCoy, Volk Field and the Tomah VA Medical Center.
WKBT TV 8 provided television news coverage of the event. Reporter Pauline Le interviewed Colin Moten – VAF President and also Thomas B., a veteran in the program for the story she told. She did a wonderful job of telling the story of the Veterans Assistance Foundation and what services we have to offer. This story aired on the 5pm, 6pm and 10pm news.
Brittany Linenberg of The Tomah Monitor-Herald and the Tomah Journal had provided news coverage in the form of a front page article in the April 16th edition. This great article helped spread the word regarding our program and the services we provide as well as letting everyone reading the article know the date and time of our open house event.
We have been in contact with several individuals who have either read the newspaper article or viewed the news story on television who have asked what they can do to help, have donated items to the Veterans in the program or who have called to inquire more about the program.
Despite the weather, the fundraising event went over very well with several large orders for brats and hot dogs having been placed. We also had a great turn out of local business and residents who stopped in to pick up lunch and to see what the VAF is all about.
We would like to thank everyone who attended for helping to make this day such a success.