SLOAN – Russell J. Salvatore was honored Thursday for his pledge to donate what is needed to make the Frank L. Gierlach American Legion Post 1320 completely handicap accessible to its members and guests.
The Veteran Post Restoration of Erie County, NY Inc. presented Mr. Salvatore with its first Milestone Flag, signifying the first $10,000 raised to improve and modernize local veteran posts.
The Veterans Post Restoration of Erie County, NY Inc, is a not-for-profit comprised of American Legion, AMVETS, 40&8, Marine Corps League and VFW posts around Erie County who are working collaboratively to address their shared needs.
Its goal is to repair and upgrade their posts in order to pass them down to the next generation of veterans. However, some of the aging veterans who are in wheelchairs or are disabled from loss of limbs, are limited by the lack of handicapped accessibility accommodations at the posts, which makes for one of their top repair priorities.
The veterans have been fundraising money with a flag fundraiser by selling paper flags for a dollar each at the Erie County Auto Bureaus. The posts set a preliminary goal of $100,000 in order to begin completion of a couple immediate projects. They successfully reached their first milestone of $10,000 which will allow them to complete their first project and through the generosity of Mr. Salvatore, they can now complete the second project.
The organization announced today it will direct the first $10,000 towards replacing the antiquated electrical system inside the F.J. Donovan American Legion Post 1626 in Cheektowaga.
During the program, details of the second program were announced and fundraising for it officially began. The project includes handicapped accessible bathrooms and additions inside the Frank L. Gierlach American Legion Post 1320 in Sloan. Upon hearing the plan, Mr. Salvatore surprised the veterans with his generous offer to complete the project for them.
Mr. Salvatore was selected to receive the first Milestone Flag for all he has done for veterans in WNY. His generous efforts include building the Heroes & Patriots Park in front of his restaurant on Transit Road and for providing a fleet of vehicles for the VA Hospital to transport veterans, in addition to many other acts of kindness and donations that he has made to veterans organizations over the years.
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