The holidays have never been merrier and our US Vets more appreciated. West Coast philanthropist Patricia Kennedy hosted a grand luncheon via her organization Step Up 4 Vets, in Chicago, recently followed by a special performance of the Nutcracker by the famed Joffrey Ballet.
Kennedy, welcomed fifty-five wounded verterans and their families to Roosevelt University's Auditorium Thetaer for the perforrmance and the Palmer House for lunch. Kennedy's generosity gave way to a day she hoped would help make up for all their missed holidays together. Patricia is all about the Joy of Giving Back, the precious family times missed while our vets were on deployment.
Guests of the event included: Sgt. John Bowley, Sara Bowley, Harleigh Bowley, Lidsay Dusa, Patti Dusa, Arlene Persa, Jeffrey persa, Cassie Leja, Travis Coursey, USMC Cpl. Aaron Mankin, Maddie Mankin, Hunter Mankin, Brilee Coursey, USMC SSgt. Gene Marzelli, USMC GySgt. Michael Gillitzer et al
Performers in the Nutcracker included: Christine Rochas, Rory Hochstein, April Daley, Dylan Guiterrez, Temur Suluashvii, Francis Kane, et al