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Veterans' Corner to celebrate seventh anniversary

August 8, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Thursday, Aug. 16 between the hours of 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Austintown Senior Center will host an anniversary celebration of the seventh year of the Veterans' Corner.

"The Senior Center will be open to all veterans and the public," said Tony Revetti, a veteran and spokesperson for the Veterans' Corner. "We are just asking everyone to bring in a canned good for the food bank."

The event will feature guest speakers and a question and answer segment on veterans' benefits. It goes along with the mission of the Veterans' Corner.

Seven years ago Ron Borngesser, a.k.a. Wheelchair Ron, got his wish to form the Veterans' Corner to help all area veterans who may need a little help getting benefits that are due them. All the local Austintown veterans groups came together to make sure their was someone in the corner on every Thursday morning. The corner was also outfitted with shelving and displays, as well as a place for a veterans library. A large round table fills out the corner and serves as a lace to handle paperwork and help for veterans and their families.

"The corner does not belong to one specific group," Revetti said. "It belongs to all military and veterans organizations."

The corner is also a place where one can find out about the latest projects. One of those projects is the Mahoning Valley Middle East Memorial, a planned memorial to be built in Wickliffe Circle's park to honor the men and women who served in Middle East conflicts.

"We are looking for any donations, big or small," Revetti said. "We are presently at $5,000 and the memorial is going to cost between $50,000 and $75,000.

On Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., Revetti and Dave Ewing Jr., chairs of the memorial project, will be hosting a poker run with a 50/50 drawing and basket raffle. All will help raise funds for the project. The motorcycles will begin and end the run at J&R Pub, 1722 South Raccoon Rd. Prizes will be given for best hand, worst hand, furthest traveled, and oldest rider.

Revetti said corporate funding for the memorial has been tough, but he is proud to say there are some who stepped up. He thanked the Covelli Center, Upstairs Lounge, Katie's Ice Cream on Kirk Road, and the Austintown Rotary for their support.

For information or to donate to the Mahoning Valley Middle East Memorial, contact Revetti at 330-506-2693, or Ewing at 330-979-3472.



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