Among the guests attending were veterans Desmond Price, an army Ranger who did five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan;
Other notables present were Joseph A. Tringali, President ofWPB Friends of Fisher House; Valerie Halaby and Mary Lou Tringali, Board Members of Friends of Fisher House; WPB City Commissioner Sylvia Moffett; Debra Caldwell-Murphy, President of Black Tie Magazine; Rodman Steele; Jim Pappas; Turgut Kaytmaz, Jennifer McHenry; Kimberly Swift; Norm Gitzen and Roy Assad.
Downtown restaurants and businesses that graciously donatedraffle items included The Blind Monk, Roccos Tacos, Grease, City Cellar, Chroma, Café Allora, Ultima Gym and Hot Pie.Renowned photographer Michael Price and DeeJay Adam Lipson who kept the event hopping with his outstanding selection of music also donated their time for this great cause.
Board member Valerie Halaby greeted the guests on behalf of The Friends of Fisher House and expressed the Board's deepest thanks to Alex of Leila's Middle Eastern restaurant for sponsoring the event. "We were truly overwhelmed by the number of people who came out to extend their support on such short notice and we were especially blown away by the warmth and enthusiasm of everyone," she said.
Leila’s New Patio is sure to become downtown ‘après work’ hot spot, offering 2 for 1 drinks Monday through Friday from 5-9, and special Bar-bites starting at $6. The newly decoratedlounge-
About the Fisher House
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's service men and women in their time ofgreatest need. Families do not pay to stay at Fisher Houses, which serve as a "home away from home" for them while their loved ones are receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.
The program was the brainchild of New York real estate developer and philanthropist Zachary Fisher and his wife Elizabeth who opened the first "Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher House" at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland on 24 June 1990. There are now over 50 Fisher Houses throughout the United States, and the program is growing every year in response to the needs of veterans and their families. More than 183,000 days of lodging are provided by Fisher Houses every year.
The local Fisher House is an eight-bedroom facility situated on the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center campus. It has been in operation since 1995, and has accommodated approximately 10,100 families. Each guest room has a laptop with Wi-Fi Internet, flat screen TV, and a DVD/VCR player. Families are welcomed to use a fully stocked kitchen to provide for their meals. The homey living room has an extensive library ofbooks, DVD's and games, and the shaded patio overlooking thequiet lake behind the house provides a much- needed respite for families after caring for their loved ones at the Medical Center.
The Friends of the Fisher House, a charitable corporation recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, supports all the needs of the West Palm Beach VA Fisher House. Board members volunteer their time and talents to raise funds for food, supplies and necessary capital improvements. In the words of Board President Joseph A. Tringali, "The expenses of the Board are zero and will remain that way." The Friends of Fisher House have also established a voucher program with selected area hotels to take care of families when Fisher House has no vacancies.
The Friends of Fisher House anticipates the demand for rooms will continue to increase, especially now that the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center has a major cancer treatment facility.They believe that America owes a debt to its veterans and their families who deserve to be fully supported in their time of need with safe and convenient lodging while in the West Palm Beach area for medical treatment. One Board member summed up ourobligation to our veterans with one simple statement – “We have a ‘land of the free’ because of the brave!"