Sarge’s Veterans Support gets nearly $49K in first fundraiser

More than 100 attend event at Dungeness River Nature Center

Sarge’s Veteran Support house managers, from left, Danny Deckert, David Durnford and Steve Elmelund welcome attendees to the organization’s first fundraiser at the Dungeness River Nature Center on April 27. The event raised nearly $50,000. (Sarge’s Veteran Support)

Sarge’s Veteran Support house managers, from left, Danny Deckert, David Durnford and Steve Elmelund welcome attendees to the organization’s first fundraiser at the Dungeness River Nature Center on April 27. The event raised nearly $50,000. (Sarge’s Veteran Support)

SEQUIM — The Sarge’s Veteran Support group got a big boost at its first fundraiser.

The event, held April 27 at the Dungeness River Nature Center, brought in just less than $49,000. It included a silent auction, live auction and a raise-your-paddle event, with veteran Jerry Fine auctioneering.

Also highlighted were veterans’ stories, testimonials from local veterans who benefited from the services of the Sarge’s Veteran Support shelter and housing programs, and an “in memoriam” for supporters (James Minsky, Tracy Bloom, Eric Miner and John Brewer).

With more than 110 people in attendance, veterans and veteran supporters came from the North Olympic Peninsula and as far away as Orting.

“We are so incredibly grateful for all the volunteers, staff, board members, supporters and donors that helped us make this first event so successful,” said Cheri Tinker, executive director of Sarge’s Veteran Support. “It’s the first time we have held a large event in the 13 years we have been providing services, and we were just delighted by the turnout and the aid for our nonprofit. It’s wonderful to see such a local impact for shelter and housing for our Olympic Peninsula vets.”

Attendees also got a sneak peek at the nonprofit’s newest project, the Lt. Col. James Minsky Place in Sequim.

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