Vets Finding Vets: Patriotic Bingo

As most of you know, two years ago we launched a scholarship for grads or undergrads who are planning a future either in the military, one of the many supportive civilian jobs offered by the various military branches, or an angle we haven’t thought of that clearly indicates the graduate’s understanding of and commitment to those who serve.

We do this in honor of our own Gov. Reuben Fenton, who was a member of the local militia, now more commonly known as the National Guard. At that time, young able-bodied men were expected to go to trainings in order to protect the homeland in case of attack. Reuben had a Grandfather who served during the Revolution, and an uncle who served during the War of 1812, so he knew that attack was always a possibility. This background most likely also formed his thinking, when as the Representative for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, he introduced a successful Bill pertaining to relief benefits for the surviving Veterans of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. He was known as the Soldier’s Friend for this act, but as New York Governor toward the end of the Civil War until 1869, his support and diligent after-hours work on behalf of the wounded and sick Veterans waged on long after the War had officially ended.
In September, as a fundraiser for the Soldier’s Friend Scholarship of $1000, we were overjoyed to have a Patriotic Bingo night at Fluvanna Fire Hall. Bingo caller Mike, Mary Jane, Floyd, Anne and others from the Department and the Auxiliary, and of course, the Bingo players, were so very helpful and supportive of the cause.

We have set October 28th as our next Patriotic Bingo Night, also at Fluvanna Fire Hall, from 6 to 9 pm. Tell all of your friends and family and join us!

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