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Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner Coming Nov. 22 In Putnam

John Gallina and Dale Beatty are  veterans and co-founders of Purple Heart Homes Association.
John Gallina and Dale Beatty are veterans and co-founders of Purple Heart Homes Association. Photo Credit: Purple Heart

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- State Sen. Greg Ball, R, C, I- Patterson, is teaming with Purple Heart Homes Association to host the fourth annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner at the Putnam Golf Course in Mahopac on Nov. 22.

Seating times will be 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

“The Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite events that I have the distinct honor of hosting each year, and I hope to continue to do so for years to come, regardless if I am elected into public office,” Ball said in a news release. “Seeing the smiles on the veterans’ faces is truly rewarding. I am thrilled to get to work with Purple Heart Homes this year to make this the best Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner we’ve had yet.

“I urge anyone who wants to give back to those who have given so much for our country to assist us in the planning of this dinner.”

To make the free meal possible, Ball and Purple Heart Homes are seeking volunteers and donations, including uncooked turkeys weighing 20 pounds or more, gravy, cans of string beans, whole white potatoes,corn and cranberry sauce, salad dressing, premade bags of stuffing, 48-ounce cans of chicken broth, pies and décor.

Many veterans have been grateful for the efforts in making past installments of this event possible.

“I always look forward to the Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner each year, as it is truly an incredible event for everyone who attends,” Eugene Parrotta, a Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, said in a news release. “It’s great that Sen. Ball is hosting the dinner for a fourth time this year. I know that the hundreds of veterans who attend each year are already excited to be invited back for another great Thanksgiving celebration.”

Ball is the chairman of the state Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

To RSVP for the dinner or to learn more about volunteering or donating goods, contact Ball’s office at 845-279-3773.

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