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109th officers’ council donates golf tournament proceeds to Veterans Miracle Center

The 109th Company Grade Officers' Council donated $4,500 to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany, New York, on April 14, 2016, from funds raised during the coucil's annual golf tournament in September. Pictured are (from left) 1st Lt. Jared Semerad; Capt. James Vendetti, CGO Council president; Melody Burns, VMC Director of Operations; Barry Feinman, Jezreel International CEO; and Capt. Shawn Rulsion. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt/Released)

The 109th Company Grade Officers' Council donated $4,500 to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany, New York, on April 14, 2016, from funds raised during the coucil's annual golf tournament in September. Pictured are (from left) 1st Lt. Jared Semerad; Capt. James Vendetti, CGO Council president; Melody Burns, VMC Director of Operations; Barry Feinman, Jezreel International CEO; and Capt. Shawn Rulsion. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt/Released)

The 109th Company Grade Officers' Council donated $4,500 to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany, New York, on April 14, 2016, from funds raised during the council's annual golf tournament in September. The center opened in November 2014, and according to its website, is mission “is to offer veterans and active-duty military personnel real solutions that will enhance their lives.”  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt/Released)

The 109th Company Grade Officers' Council donated $4,500 to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany, New York, on April 14, 2016, from funds raised during the council's annual golf tournament in September. The center opened in November 2014, and according to its website, is mission “is to offer veterans and active-duty military personnel real solutions that will enhance their lives.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt/Released)

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- The 109th Airlift Wing's Company Grade Officers' Council donated $4,500 to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany on April 14 from funds raised during the council's annual golf tournament in September. This was the first year the officers' council donated the proceeds from the tournament to the Veterans Miracle Center. 

"We chose the Miracle Center in Albany because they are local and they provide direct assistance to veterans and active duty members in our community that are in need," said Capt. James Vendetti, CGO Council president.

The center opened in November 2014, and according to its website, is mission "is to offer veterans and active-duty military personnel real solutions that will enhance their lives. We seek to provide clothing, personal care and hygiene products, houseware items, ambulatory equipment, toys for their children and much more - as well as specialists available in counseling for personal needs, jobs, housing or financing. All goods and services are available free-of-charge to veterans and their immediate household."

The golf tournament took place in September with more than 70 participants from the 109th Airlift Wing, including families and friends.

"The businesses and people in our local community help out immensely with sponsorship and donations.  Without them the tournament wouldn't be possible," Vendetti said.

The CGO Council is made up of company grade officers (second lieutenant through captain) throughout the 109th AW.