2016-05-06 / Community
Nonprofit matches vets with pets
Pets for Vets, Ventura County Chapter, will present its inaugural fundraising dinner gala honoring local veterans at 6 p.m. Sat., May 14 at the Reagan Library, Presidential Learning Center, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.
Pets for Vets, a national nonprofit organization with chapters across the United States, rescues shelter pets and then trains and pairs them with American veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries and could benefit from having a companion animal.
The Ventura County Chapter, an all-volunteer organization, makes pet matches with veterans from Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.
Pets for Vets has secured support from celebrities, elected officials and entertainers for its inaugural fundraiser.
Gala admission includes a VIP cocktail hour and photo opportunities with:
Loretta Swit, animal activist, award-winning actress and star of the TV series “M*A*S*H”
Eddie Money, Grammynominated rock musician
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), who chairs the Committee on Veterans Affairs
Clarissa Black, founder of the Pets for Vets National organization
The Marine Corps League President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 will present flags.
Lindsay Boreing will sing the national anthem.
A musical performance will be given by Eddie Money and The Sound of Money, featuring Jesse Money, Dez Money and Julian Money, which will include several of Money’s hits.
Other entertainment includes the New Directions Veterans Choir, an award-winning a cappella group comprised primarily of formerly homeless veterans, and stand-up comedy by Joe Kashnow, who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq and now travels the world helping others through comedy and motivational speaking.
Silent auction items include skydiving in Santa Barbara, Southwest Airlines tickets, Disneyland Park Hopper tickets, and a round of golf at Sherwood Country Club.
Funds raised by the gala will enable Pets for Vets to make more matches for veterans.
Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.petsforvetsventuracounty.com. Gala admission also includes access to the Reagan Library and the Vatican Splendors exhibit.