On Thursday evening, Feb. 23, 2023, Sherburne Post 876 in Sherburne, N.Y., had a Sip & Paint fundraiser to benefit the Be the One campaign.
Auxiliary president Donna Purdy recently met with Post Commander Will Griffin and asked to do a fundraiser to benefit the Be the One campaign she had heard about. They decided to do a Sip & Paint and the proceeds would go there.
Unbeknownst to Donna, Will contacted me and let me know what they were going to do; he knew Be the One is one of my programs and asked if I would like to participate.
My wife Laurie and I decided to go. Very few knew that I was the department commander. Over 45 individuals paid $40 each to attend. There was also a 50/50 (the winner donated it back) and raffles.
At the end, I was introduced, and I talked to the group about Be the One. Afterwards several people came up to congratulate me on the support of this project, and one person pulled me to the side to discuss the loss of a dear veteran friend by suicide and what a great program we are doing. Wishing it had been available sooner.
This event raised $1,042. The post has pledged more support with other upcoming events.
Department of New York