Mahopac, N.Y. – 11/24/2013 – Over 800 veterans and guests were greeted with welcome signs, cheers and thank you cards by hundreds of volunteers as they entered Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C, I – Patterson) Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday.
Senator Greg Ball Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee and the Military Order Of The Purple Heart, Chapter 21 hosted their third annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac.
“This is the biggest Thanksgiving Dinner we have hosted yet. As the Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee my office hosts many events throughout the year to honor our veterans, this event is by far my favorite,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This wonderful event couldn’t be possible without the help of the local scouts, school groups, sports teams, businesses and hundreds of volunteers. I would like to personally thank each and every volunteer and business that made this special event possible. To see the smile on the veterans’ faces as they walk into the room makes the dinner worth it every year.”
Senator Greg Ball worked with dozens of volunteers to host the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner free for local veterans and at no cost to taxpayers. Hundreds of veterans and guests enjoyed turkey along with all the trimmings.
“I’ve talked to many friends all over the country and no one does what Senator Greg Ball does for us Veterans, this is amazing,” said Eugene Parrotta, two time Purple Heart recipient and chairman of Senator Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council.
“Our troops and our veterans are this country’s greatest treasures. As we begin the holiday season it is important to keep in mind that we still have loved ones overseas fighting every day to keep us safe and defend our freedom,” said Cecilia Delgado, who has volunteered for the past three years at the Thanksgiving Dinner. “Having several family members and friends that are either veterans or currently serving, this event is personally very important to me. It is amazing how many volunteers and businesses come together whole-heartedly to pay tribute to our local veterans. The feeling it brings to your heart when a veterans smiles and thanks you for taking one day out of the year to spend with them is indescribable.”
In addition to all the great food veterans enjoyed at the event, representatives from the Hudson Valley Department of Veterans Affairs were at the Thanksgiving Dinner to help veterans sign up for benefits.
“This event is always so nice every year and its getting bigger and bigger,” said Kristen Tutle of the VA. “The Senator does an outstanding job, not just for the veterans, but for everyone.”
“I think it gets better and better every year, I look forward to next year,” said, Joe Devery resident of Yorktown and President of the Jefferson Village Owners Corporation. “I think Senator Ball is doing an outstanding job. We need more people like him.”
“This is just unbelievable, top notch. It brings a tear to my eye to see these veterans enter the room,” said Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy who stopped by to volunteer. “The Senator has just done a wonderful thing for our veterans.”
“This is just great, I’ve been to other ones as well, and Senator Ball does a fantastic job. He is one of the few,” said Rudy Grexa, of Peekskill.
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