Helping Heroes Plans ‘Night to Remember’ for Veterans in Wheeling
By DREW PARKER
A local veterans’ organization is preparing for an evening of fundraising and remembering the efforts of current and former servicemen and women.
Helping Heroes will host its annual fundraiser for homeless veterans, “A Night to Remember,” from 6-10 p.m. May 19 at Generations Restaurant and Pub on National Road in Wheeling.
The organization, created by Jeremy Harrison and his wife, Susan Harrison, opened full time in Moundsville in 2013. Since then, the organization has helped more than 550 veterans and their families access benefits and escape homelessness through more than $200,000 in grant-based funds and community donations. Earlier this year, the organization expanded into Wheeling by opening a satellite office in the North Wheeling Community Dream Center and Fourth and Main streets.
According to Jeremy Harrison, the event will include a 50/50 drawing, basket raffles, a silent auction and a disc jockey, in addition to the dinner provided by Generations. A prize wheel, featuring items from the Pittsburgh Pirates, local restaurants and more will also be available.
Speakers will include the organization’s first successful veteran client, as well as Diane Ross, who lost a son in the Iraq War. Harrison added the organization garnered $15,000 from the event last year and hopes to raise $20,000 this year.
“This really helps us to sustain our transitional housing program,” Jeremy Harrison said. “There aren’t a lot of opportunities around to directly support our veteran families, and this is a fun way to do that. With Memorial Day coming up the week after, this is a great way to honor those veterans.”
Tickets can be purchased at the Moundsville or Wheeling Helping Heroes offices, through etix.com or at the door prior to the event. RSVPs are encouraged.