|SARASOTA, Fla. Oct. 11, 2013 – Details are being finalizedfor the Legacy of Valor Celebration Luncheon, hosted by the Junior League ofSarasota and the Junior League of Manatee County to honor veterans. Theluncheon, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, ispart of the yearlong Legacy of Valor Campaign developed by The PattersonFoundation to recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans and theirfamilies throughout Southwest Florida.
The keynote speaker will be singer-songwriterKeni Thomas, a recipient of the American Patriot Award. Thomas is a decoratedcombat veteran of the elite 75th U.S. Army Ranger Regiment specialoperations unit. In addition to Thomas’ inspirational message honoringveterans, inspiring patriotism and embracing freedom, the event will be anopportunity to share information about area programs designed to aid veterans.
The patriotic tone of the luncheon will extendto the entertainment and the event décor. Extravaganza Productions of Tampawill create a red, white and blue-themed space at Dolphin Aviation, the VenueSponsor. The entertainment lineup includes the Sarasota Military Academy drumline and choral performances by Sarasota County students from Gocio Elementary and Pine View School. ROTC color guards fromSarasota and Manatee County schools will open the program. Lunch will be servedfamily style, with a gourmet touch, by Michael’s On East.
It is expected that because of generouscommunity support, the celebratory event, while not a fund-raiser, will resultin surplus funds. These monies will be donated to the event’s BeneficiaryPartner, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc., specifically the Paws for Patriotsprogram.
The Legacy of Valor Campaign, created by ThePatterson Foundation, highlights a series of community-driven partnerships toprovide events that educate, build enthusiasm and encourage the community tohonor veterans and their families.
The event is open to the public.
About Legacy of Valor
Legacy ofValor is a campaign that rallies our community to honor veterans, inspirepatriotism and embrace freedom. A mosaic of community-driven partnershipswill educate, build enthusiasm and focus the community to use time, talentand treasure to recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans throughoutthe campaign and beyond. For more information, please visitwww.freedompassiton.org.
About The Junior League of Sarasota and The Junior League of ManateeCounty
TheJunior League is composed completely of volunteers with a common goal of makingour communities stronger. We do this byforming strategic partnerships, creating innovative programs and raising fundsfor community initiatives. We are notonly women who want to improve communities: we are women with the training andskills to make it happen.