FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHILADELPHIA’S MUMMERS RE-ENERGIZE

THE VETERANS COMFORT HOUSE

No Veteran Will Be Left Behind in this Revolutionary Transition Phase

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (November 15, 2016) – The Philadelphia Veteran’s

Comfort House, a local non-profit organization is moving into a new chapter after 22

years of serving veterans. The Comfort House is reopening its doors in a new transition

phase that will allow a bright future for homeless veterans, who have served our great

nation, by providing a place for their families to once again call home. On Saturday,

November 19, 30 + Mummers (New Year’s Associations) will be donating wish list items

to the vets in a must see visual celebration for those who have served our country.

Don’t miss out on a chance to hear a string band playing the National Anthem and other

patriotic songs, as veterans will be on site accepting the donations as they begin

rebuilding their future. Successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and veteran advocate,

Dana Spain has been recently announced the President for the Comfort House. Spain

will be helping the non-profit get back on its feet. “It is an honor and privilege to serve

those who have fought to protect our freedom and American values,” Spain said of her

work with veterans. “Reopening the Comfort House will take an all-hands-on-deck

approach to complete the renovations, raise the funds and provide the programs our

heroes need to get off the streets and into a safe place. The Mummers Associations

involved are generously providing the kick-off we need!”

Beginning in 1994, The Philadelphia Veteran’s Comfort House has provided a safe

place to vets who need a place to get a hot meal, accessible place to live, and guidance

for VA benefits and programs, all free of charge. Representatives from groups across

the community spectrum including the veterans service organizations, labor unions,

government and the private sector joined forces to buy the building, renovate the

structure and purchase the needed materials to make their idea a reality. After much

hard work, the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House (PVCH) was born.

PVCH has a mission to ensure that no brother or sister is left behind as they work on a

day by day to make veterans lives more rewarding and less complicated. The Comfort

House recently fell into disrepair, lost its VA grant funding, and had to cease its housing

activities. Spain and her newly appointed board members vow to raise the funds

necessary to open the House in better condition than before. To kick off this effort,

Philadelphia’s famous Mummers, organized by Bill Mulligan of Shooting Stars, will be

donating wish list items to the Comfort House on Saturday November 19th from 11 AM

to 1 PM. A string band will be playing the national anthem as Mummers unload two UHaul’s

with their generous donations to the Comfort House. 7-Eleven will be providing

refreshments for all volunteers who unload and sort the donations.

In addition to the donated wish list items, South Philly’s Toll Man Joe’s, will be providing

a Thanksgiving Day feast to 150 Veterans who would otherwise have nowhere else to

go on our day of thanks.

New Year’s Brigade (Mummers) donating to The Comfort House include:

Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars

Fancy Brigades:

The Avenuers

Sattin Slipper

Golden Crown

Saturanlian

Spartans

Clevemore

Purple Magic

South Philly Vikings

Jesters

O’Malley Froggy Carr

String Bands:

Quaker City

South Philly

Ferko

Fralinger

Avalon

Woodland

Pennsport

Duffy

Aqua

Hegeman

Polish American String

Band

Comic Clubs:

JHJ Saints

Pirates

Landi

Cara Liom

River Front

Merry Makers

Bryson

South Philly Wenches

Fancy: Oregon

2nd Street Stompers

Americans

Jokers

Downtowners

2nd Street Shooters

Additional generous support by:

VFW Post 692

St Casmir’s

Emacs Sports Apparel

2nd Street Irish Society

Golden Sunrise

Michael Bennett

The event is set to kick off at 11AM at The Philadelphia Veteran’s Comfort House at4108 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, Pa, 19104

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