On July 15, Frank Luke American Legion Post 24 and Community Improvement Fund (CIF) leadership came together at The Holt Group conference room as a show of Palo Verde Valley solidarity in recognition of the nonprofit’s $75,168.92 grant funding to the local veterans group.
Over the last year, the funds were used to help the local American Legion Post bring the building up to code by replacing flooring, the roof, water lines, sinks and HVAC units.
“The (CIF) Board recognizes the American Legion as a valuable community resource. The building itself is over 100 years old and served as a hospital during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-19,” noted CIF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marilee Harkinson.
With CIF Board members Jay Abbs (President), Brad Robinson, Tim Cox, Carolyn Dekens, Kime Williams, Mike Hudson, Dr. George Thomas and Harkinson also in attendance, American Legion Post 24’s Dolly Razo and Commander Joseph Williams thanked the nonprofit for the vital support.
As previously reported by the Times, the local veterans organization hosted a grand “re-opening” in June following the most challenging year in its recent history due to the COVID climate’s significant economic and social impact.
Between substantial infrastructural repairs, and some break-ins, the American Legion continued to persevere through the leadership of Razo and Williams and the generous support of local patrons like the CIF.
“This grant allows the American Legion to continue their long tradition of assisting veterans in the community as well as providing scholarships to local youth,” stated Harkinson.