The Berlin Lions Club made a generous presentation to the Berlin Veterans Commission on Jan. 3, funds raised via the Lions’ third annual luminary display.
Club members Ron Bosco, luminary display chairman; and Richard Yale, finance chairman; presented the commission with a $12,000 check for the purchase of $100 gift cards for local veterans and veteran widows in need.
The 2022 luminary display lit up the night on Nov. 12 with some 3,000 luminaries placed around Berlin’s Veterans Memorial Park.
“We are doing this to honor and show appreciation to our veterans who have sacrificed so much for us, and it is also a fundraiser to raise money for local veterans and widows of veterans in need,” Bosco said of the Lions’ annual display.
“We have a beautiful veterans park in the Town of Berlin, so we thought: Let’s come up with a luminary display to bring awareness to the veterans, highlight the park during Veterans Week, and raise some money for these men and women.”
The funds donated to the Veterans Commission go only to Berlin veterans and veteran widows. Recipients are chosen by the commission.
This past Christmas, the Berlin Lions Club provided eight $100 Walmart gift cards so veterans and widows of veterans could purchase groceries or other items for the holidays.
It is an unbelievable experience to be able to present these cards to our veterans and to let them know that their service to our country, along with their sacrifices, will never be forgotten.