Vettes to Vets donates $17K to VA Bedford - VA Bedford Healthcare System
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Vettes to Vets donates $17K to VA Bedford

Two women and a man present a check to a woman while another woman looks on

VA Bedford received a $17,000 charitable donation from Vettes to Vets Dec. 3, 2020. From left to right, Jill Pais, Joan Clifford, Tony Marino, Karen Blandini, and Laurel Holland.

By Kat Bailey, VA Bedford Healthcare System Public Affairs
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Vettes to Vets president Karen Blandini, with team members Jill Pais and Tony Marino, presented VA Bedford Healthcare System director Joan Clifford with a check for $17,000 today here. 

The annual Vettes to Vets fundraiser was canceled this year due to the pandemic, but even though the Corvettes couldn’t run, participants managed to raise funds by selling a special edition pin to support VA Bedford’s Veterans.

According to Blandini, the event began as a simple idea, to bring a few Corvettes to the hospital for Veterans to view. 

“We had about 25 Corvettes that first event,” Blandini said. “The following year, it grew to about 50 Corvettes, and the third year, 102 Corvettes!”

The annual Vettes to Vets event at VA Bedford is typically held on Gold Star Mother's Day each year and is now a full weekend event with Corvettes from New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and even Canada. More than 700 Corvettes took part in the 2019 event.

Event participants are dedicated to bringing awareness to the needs of all Veterans.

“The Corvette community has embraced this event as their own and is proud to be able to honor our Veterans,” Blandini said. “When asked ‘Why we do it,’ the answer is simple. It's the right thing to do.”

A limited number of the special edition pins is still available. Visit the Vettes to Vets Facebook page for details.

For more information about VA Bedford HCS services and programs, visit our public website at www.bedford.va.gov. Like and follow us on social media at https://www.facebook.com/VABedfordHCS and https://twitter.com/VABedfordHCS.

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