Royal Canadian Legion Br 157 celebrates its veterans

By Joel Charron

Royal Canadian Legion Br 157 celebrated Legion Week with an appreciation night for local veterans.

A turkey dinner was held last Thursday.

The Legion took the opportunity to donate back to the revenues earned during its weekly bingo nights. Other donations were also made to the Legion.

Top row: past president Don Nantais, president Dennis Purdie, Jim Fryer from the Goodfellows and Capt. Ernie Gazdig. Front row: Legion executive Ruthanne Rocheleau and Kathy Marentette, House of Shalom fundraising committee members Yvette Martin and Sue Ford.

“It’s an appreciation night for our veterans and we have a few kids back from Afghanistan,” explained Br. 157 president Dennis Purdie.

Purdie thanked the veterans from all forms of service.

“Without you guys who fought for our country, we wouldn’t be here tonight,” he told the audience. “(The dinner) is a small token we can do for you guys.”

Money from the bingo fund went to three organizations with $3,000 being donated to the Amherstburg Goodfellows, another $1,500 to the House of Shalom youth centre and $3,500 to the #202 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. The cadets also received $1,192 from the Legion’s poppy fund while the corps donated $500 back to the color party at the Legion.

The Legion’s ladies auxiliary presented $4,000 to the branch, bringing the total the ladies auxiliary donated to the Legion to over $10,000 this year.

Purdie added the Legion wants the public to know funds from the bingo are going back into the community.

Capt. Ernie Gazdig, commanding officer of the #202 cadet corps, also made a pair of long-service award presentations on behalf of the Cadet League of Ontario to two volunteers who have assisted the corps. Don Nantais was recognized for ten years of service while Sgt. Andy Levesque was recognized for five years of service.

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