Tribute dinner raises funds for military families
Theme of event recognizes contributions today, remembers sacrifices
Details were announced March 12 morning about a tribute dinner set to raise funds for military personnel and their families.
The Atlantic Maple Leaf Newfoundland and Labrador 2013 Tribute Dinner will be held June 27 at the St. John’s Convention Centre.
“For every soldier, sailor, or airman or airwoman standing guard, there is a family behind them providing the stability at the home — the support they need to get the job done,” said Brig.-Gen. Christopher Thurrott, commander for Land Force Atlantic Area, who was among those present for last week’s launch at the Capital Hotel in St. John’s. “Families are the backbones of our forces. Let there be no doubt about that.”
The event will raise money for a number of groups and funds that offer various forms of support to families and wounded soldiers. They include military family resource centres, the Wounded Warrior Fund, Soldier On, the Military Families Fund, and the Canadian Forces Benevolent Fund.
The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador will hold proceeds from the event in a trust fund, and all money raised will be spent within the province.
Cpl. David Hannan from Canadian Forces Station St. John’s understands the kind of support military families value. Hannan, of London, Ont., has completed three tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in the United Arab Emirates.
“The military family resource centre was a big support,” said Hannan, who has a wife and two children. “For her to lean on people that were going through the same thing, and to have the support of people that either had been involved previously — the support system was amazing.”
It was hard for him to help deal with family problems back home over the phone or through Internet conversations. Knowing she had a support system in place through the resource centre give Hannan peace of mind.
“It’s not just the wives. The kids go through the same thing. Their dad or mother is overseas, and they lean on each other, too, for the support element of what they’re going through.”
Gen. Rick Hillier (retired) is set to speak at the tribute dinner, and current Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie — who is moving out of Government House on Friday — will serve as the event’s patron. There will also be items available for auction.
“I think there can’t be a higher cause than this (event) to benefit wounded soldiers and military families in our province,” said Crosbie.
“For her to lean on people that were going through the same thing, and to have the support of people that either had been involved previously – the support
system was amazing.”
TC Media, parent company of The Telegram and The Compass, is among the media sponsors for the tribute dinner. Telegram publisher Charlie Stacey is on the organizing committee for the event and Miller Ayre, Publisher Emeritus for the paper, is a co-chair for the dinner along with former reservist and St. John’s businessman Bill Mahoney.
“For decades, our newspapers have told the stories of our brave military men and women, recounted their triumphs, and unfortunately sometimes their tragedies,” said Telegram managing editor Kerry Hann, who is also the managing editor for 14 weekly newspapers owned by TC Media across Newfoundland and Labrador.
“This is why TC Media is honoured to be part of this very worthwhile initiative that will raise funds to help support Newfoundland and Labrador military veterans and their families.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Flanked by military personnel from Canadian Forces Station St. John’s, Lt.-Gov. John C. Crosbie, Honorary Colonel of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, speaks on the upcoming Atlantic Maple Leaf Newfoundland and Labrador 2013 Tribute Dinner news conference at the Capital Hotel in St. John’s last Tuesday morning. St. John’s military personnel are (from left) Cpl. Kerry Roberts, M/S Fred Martin, L/S Paulette Osborne, MCpl. Paul Lawrence, Pt. Carrie Comeau and Cpl. Josh Cooper.