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September 9, 2019

Women Veteran Gala

The third annual Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 28, and Olmsted County Veteran Service Office women veteran gala, hosted on Thursday, May 23rd at the VFW Post 1215, Rochester, MN was a huge success!! This by far was the banner year, with over 180 women veterans in attendance. Thank you to the DAV Women for planning and facilitating this event. Thank you to all the support and donations that made this event spectacular! I am pleased that this event had such a great turnout. It is important for all veterans to have a support system, this event, gives women veterans that connection, and networking with other women veterans. This event provided resources, encouragement and valuable connections that will help these women veterans long after this event ends.

The news casts did make a mistake in stating that the event was hosted by the VFW, when, Ashley Laganiere, and Jennifer Shumaker made it clear to the media that it was sponsored by DAV Chapter 28, and OC Veteran Service Office.  Anna Long our media person for MN Assistance Council for Veterans (MACVSO), has called KIMT and KTTC and made a correction.

We will unfortunately not be able to host at the VFW for future events, since the venue barely held us that evening. We have a request out to Joe Powers to find space for 2020 4th annual Women Veteran Gala, at the Rochester Event Center.