One week ago today, we joined friends, family and folks from all around town, to celebrate a few very important events. We celebrated Veterans Day, our three new residents (who are US veterans) and the three new houses they can how call home.
It was a chilly afternoon but a large crowd of supporters, media outlets, and even a few curious passers by, came to see the ceremony.
The ceremony opened with a blessing from Father John Schopfer from the Brady Faith Center, a strong supporter of our mission since the beginning. Following the blessing, THG Executive Director, Andrew Lunetta, took a moment to acknowledge the partnerships with local organizations and contractors that made these homes possible.
Gus Hernandez, Vice President of Operations for Hayer Hoyt Construction Company, shared how meaningful their involvement with these homes is to their work in the community. Afterwards, Syracuse University Chancellor, Kent Syverud, (a long-time supporter of THG) spoke to the importance of supporting community-based organizations like ours.
The event culminated with a few special words from new THG resident, Ted Bauer. He expressed his gratitude to everyone who came out to the ceremony before cutting the ribbon to his new home.
The rest of the afternoon was spent touring the three homes, warming up with food catered by Dinosaur Barbecue, and enjoying the company of everyone who attended.
Many, many thanks to everyone whose generous contributions made the afternoon a success.