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Representatives from Weaver Auto Parts donated the proceeds from their raffle of a 1979 Hurst Olds on Friday, December 12 at their warehouse in Sauk City, WI. Waunakee Weaver Auto Parts manager Rick Kessenich presents a check totaling more than $40,000 to VAF President/CEO Chris Hanson. Kessenich's store sold more than 1,500 raffle tickets on their own. Members of the Weaver Auto management/ownership team look on behind the car. Bob Hendricks of Baraboo was drawn as the lucky winner of the car. Congrats Bob! Thank you very much to Weaver Auto for choosing VAF as their cause for this great event. Thank you also to everyone who purchased raffle tickets!
The Friends of Veterans - Tomah presented a donation check of $10,000 to the Veterans Assistance Foundation staff. Colin Moten, Chris Hanson, Don Roach, Erin Becker and Celia Fauris from the VAF join FOV president Vickie Hilliard, Papa J and many other club members for the check presentation. Thank you very much Friends of Veterans! This donation will go toward paying off vans and buying a new enclosed trailer for the programs.
The Chippewa Falls Elks Lodge held their annual Charity Golf Outing on June 27, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Chippewa Falls Veterans Housing Program run by VAF. Elks Lodge members and community business leaders Jim Anglum, Mark Chilson and Al Mazorol teamed up with VAF's Adam Kohls to compete in the outing.
A very special thank you to Walker Stainless Equipment Company of New Lisbon, WI! On June 25, 2014 we were presented a donation check for $1,152 by Nancy Jacques and Jim Arzt from the Walker Human Resources department at the New Lisbon Plant. The money was raised at their annual golf outing by Walker staff and family members. Thank you Walker Stainless for selecting us as your organization to support this year!
Pictured from left to right are Chris Hanson and Colin Moten with the Veterans Assistance Foundation and Nancy Jacques and Jim Arzt of Walker Stainless Equipment Company.
95% of all donations sent directly to the VAF at 312 Superior Avenue, Tomah, WI 54660 will be spent on our veterans and veterans programs.
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.