For Immediate Release
4 February 2020
5TH ANNUAL VETERANS AND FAMILY PICNIC – A COMMUNITY OF VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATE A COMMUNITY OF VETERANS
(VERO BEACH, FL) A little rain could not keep more than 250 veterans and their families away from the 5th Annual Veterans and Family Picnic on February 1 at Riverview Park in Sebastian. A community of volunteers and veterans’ organizations came together to plan and host the 2020 picnic. The American Legion Posts 189, 181 and 39, along with members of the Veterans Council, Vero Beach Veterans, VFW, and Next Generation Veterans all pitched in to execute a fun filled day for the veteran community.
“We are so grateful for the participation and support of the members of our community who rallied together to make this picnic a success” said Marty Zickert, Board Chair of the Veterans Council of IRC and the emcee of the event. “Countless volunteers and businesses stepped up from beginning to end to create this event for the veteran community. Wes’s Barbeque donated his smoker and the Salvation Army provided their canteen for food prep. It is so amazing what can be done when people come together. We are so proud of that”
The Honor Guard ‘Presentation of the Colors’ kicked off the event where Father Dave Newhart shared the invocation, Ms. Telly Antona sang the National Anthem and Mrs. Michelle Dale lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Guests enjoyed a delicious free lunch of smoked barbeque chicken, baked beans, pasta salad and more, while Mr. John Marchel provided music for the occasion. The young attendees, or young at heart, enjoyed visiting a balloon twisting clown, a face painter, pirates, cupcake decorating, popcorn and cotton candy. More than 65 gift cards were donated by local businesses and were distributed to lucky local veterans who entered a free drawing.
Area veteran organizations such as Military Officers Association of America, the Space Coast honor Flight, Dogs for Life, American Gold Star Mothers of IRC, Wreaths Across America and more were among the many organizations on site offering group and membership information.
To find out more information on the Veterans Council of Indian River County, the more than 25 veteran membership organizations affiliated with the council or for veterans in need of services, call the Veterans Council at (772) 410-5820 or visit us online at www.HelpIRCVets.org.
Mission of Veterans Council of Indian River County:
To support all Indian River County veterans and their families while raising awareness of veteran’s needs and their contributions to society.