Surrounded by Stand-Down officials, Marge Hurlburt, Ticonderoga’s Exalted Ruler, presents a check for $500 to Edward Baniac, Albany Veterans Hospital Veterans Administration Volunteer Service Director, who oversees the purchasing of clothing needed for the annual Stand-Down. Standing behind Hurlburt is New York State Elks Association President Lawrence Contratti.
Ticonderoga Ticonderoga Elks Lodge No. 1494 supported this year’s Capital Region Veterans’ Stand-Down, hosted by Colonie Elks Lodge No. 2192, with a check for $500.
The Stand-Down is an effort to assist veterans by providing assistance and services. Although the homeless and at-risk veterans are the primary focus, they are not the only ones being helped. Many veterans and their families were greeted and directed to various booths inside, which were managed by experts who provided various forms of assistance. No veteran was turned away for any reason.
In the Elks’ pavilion were tables full of clothing, shoes, underwear, sleeping bags, etc. and each of the veterans were given a 50-gallon plastic bag that they filled with any of the items they wanted. The veterans were also served a breakfast and lunch by the Elks.
The news media, representatives from various schools, businesses and numerous organizations as well as political leaders that took part in this effort were all thankful that the Colonie Elks provided their lodge building, parking area, enclosed pavilion and hospitality.
Ticonderoga Elks Lodge No. 1494 has supported this effort for many years.