Moosehaven Gazebo funded by the Virginia Moose Association
From Bob Benjamin, Portsmouth 898 President
On Saturday, April 16, the Portsmouth 898 Moose Riders hosted a delicious Easter Luncheon along with desserts and Easter baskets for residents of the Vetshouse in Virginia Beach. Guest Speaker Peck Seader discussed the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a family ancestor that served as a bugler there for decades during the early 1900s. The guests and members shared some of their military experiences and had a really fun time. Portsmouth Lodge 898 also donated new clothing valued at more than $400 to the Vetshouse. Great Job Portsmouth 898 Brothers and Sisters!
Heart of the Community
Vetshouse, Inc. Donation
The Virginia Moose Association was again honored to help support Vetshouse, Inc. as part of our Heart of the Community Fundraising Project for the 2022 VMA Mid-Year Conference. Vetshouse, Inc. is a unique nonprofit organization serving homeless veterans in Hampton Roads. It is not a shelter, but a 12 month program providing contemporary living quarters in a group environment, assistance in job hunting, transportation, personal skills and development guidance. The Virginia Moose Association proudly raised $19,600.00 and will continue to support this organization for years to come. For more information on Vetshouse, Inc. visit: www.vetshouseinc.org
Photo contributors Neil Blankenship, Dwayne Whited, Judy Kennedy
The Virginia Moose Association was again honored to be a part of, as well as, be a Fraternal Flame Sponsor, at this year's 11th Annual Moosehaven Chili Cook-Off held in Orange Park, Florida. The winners of the Virginia Moose Association's Chili Cook-Off held back in September in Lynchburg, was the team from Pearisburg Moose Lodge who did an amazing job representing our state.
Both the State and Moosehaven events are fundraisers for the K9s For Warriors non profit organization that provides trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. The Virginia Moose Association raised over $16,000 this year alone and hope to keep supporting and building our relationship with this amazing organization. For more information on K9s for Warriors visit: k9sforwarriors.org
Kentucky Tornado Relief
Thank you to the Lodges, Chapters and Moose Legions that donated to the Kentucky Tornado Relief. An incredible total of $27,179 was donated from Virginia Moose which includes a $2,500 donation from the VMA.