DDS4Vets, a Treasure Coast non-profit organization servicing veterans held their 2nd Annual ‘Believe in the Mission’ gala’ on Saturday, Oct. 8. The event raised funds to provide veterans with service dogs specially trained in assisting their owners living with Post Traumatic Stress, PTS.
Special guests included U.S. Army Brigadier General Donald Bolduc (retired), Director/Producer Michael Gier, Congressman Brian Mast, General Frank Libutti, and more. General Bolduc served eight combat tours during his 32 years in the Armed Forces and received many medals including five Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
Fox News Commentator David Webb and Dr. Brian Moriarty of Loving Care Chiropractic served as the emcees. Webb is also a columnist for The Hill and Breitbart News. Liz Quirantes, WPEC Channel 12 news anchor, shared her heart during an emotional speech about veterans.
The Treasure Coast JROTC’s presentation of the missing soldier ceremony and the musical quartet by the Mariners Chorus of Martin & St. Lucie County added to the emotion of the 335 guests in support of veterans. The finale of the evening was the presentation of Top, a trained service dog, to Sergeant Joe Brooks, a veteran U.S. Marine, to a totally silent audience as not to be a PTS trigger to the veterans in the room.
“To watch the evolution from raising funds at last year’s gala to the presentation of a trained service dog to a veteran in need at this year’s event is a heartfelt emotion everybody should experience,” said Deb Doherty, CEO of DDS4Vets.
Sponsors included Manchester Insurance, National Veterans Alliance, All Area Roofing, Paradise Realty, Ace K9, Busch Family Foundation, Kyle G’s, Ooo La La Catering, Atlantic Coast Transport, and more.
Next year’s ‘Believe in the Mission’ gala is in the planning stages. It will again be held at the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa in Jensen Beach on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023.
DDS4Vets is a 501c3 non-profit in St. Lucie County that serves veterans all over FL. Our mission is to bring positive, lasting solutions to our military veterans and their families. We aim to bridge the gap between veterans and the services they are entitled to. For more information, please call 561-246-0566 or visit www.DDS4Vets.org.
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