Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society hosts 10th annual gala

The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society will host its 10th Annual Patriotic Gala on Saturday, April 9 at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale to celebrate the recognition of non-military individuals and private institutions whose actions have contributed significantly to the benefit and well-being of military, veterans and their families.

Award recipients include: U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, Copper Star Award; House Speaker David Gowan, Copper Shield Award; Sanderson Ford, Copper Eagle Award; Ms. Patricia George, Copper Sword Award.  Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan will be in attendance as well as many other notable dignitaries, according to a press release.

“This year’s Patriotic Gala is not to be missed as we will honor so many deserving individuals who are prime examples of carrying out our daily mission of preserving and perpetuating our military traditions,” stated AVHOFS President Gene H. Rafanelli, in the release. “I am most proud to present our scholarship awards to seven exemplary students and veterans clearly dedicated to patriotism and our community.”

The gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception followed by a formal dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Uptown Angels who will perform several sets of classic 1940s, 1950s and USO Tour tunes. Complimentary valet parking and shuttle services for self-parking will be available.

Event proceeds fund scholarships and a wide variety of veteran projects of both a national and a local scope, the release stated.

During the program, scholarships will be presented to a total of seven individuals. The AVHOFS will offer financial scholarships to three veterans attending institutions of higher learning in the state of Arizona. Also being awarded that night is a student who has provided care and comfort to veterans by volunteering her time at the Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare facilities, and three students participating in the nationally recognized Veterans Heritage Project, who, by research and study, ensures that the legacy of veterans is timeless.

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