Region bands for veterans

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Mark Cortes and Brenda Facin sell raffle tickets at the event.

Mark Cortes and Brenda Facin sell raffle tickets at the event.

The Capital Region Veterans Committee recently hosted a fundraising event to aid homeless veterans. “R4 Bands 4 Vets” was organized by the committee to raise awareness and funds for area programs assisting homeless veterans. While the issue is serious, the mood at the event was festive.

Four bands, all donating their time, rocked the crowd. As the music played, attendees danced, talked and took part in a raffle for donated baskets. All proceeds, which total more than $1,500 as this edition went to press, will directly support local veterans’ programs. The goal of helping veterans is the primary mission of the committee and the issue of homeless veterans is a focus of the groups’ efforts.

“The idea of a veteran being homeless just doesn’t compute for any of us,” said John Crandell, committee chair. “Homeless veterans are two words that should never go together.” The committee plans and attends veterans events throughout the year and also hosts an annual winter clothing drive.

— Therese Assalian

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Therese Assalian

Therese has been working as the Capital Region Communications Specialist since 2002 handling all facets of internal and external communications for the region. Therese started her career at a Madison Avenue Public Relations firm and held several positions in public relations, marketing and event planning in corporate and non-profit roles in New York and Pittsburgh prior to moving to the Capital Region in 1999. Therese holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Studies and is also a published freelance writer on travel, food and the arts.

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