The art of dancing is one of the most pleasurable to engage in and watch, and at least 250 attendees will soon have a chance to do both. Supporters of the Five Star Veterans Center will come together at the Marriott on Salisbury Rd. on May 11 in Jacksonville to help homeless veterans in Northeast Florida. In addition to ballroom dancing, the evening includes appearances by US Marines, Sen. Aaron Bean, and a veteran who received a Players Championship Award.
Five Star Veterans Center is a 39-bed facility, but it is much more than a homeless shelter. Over the last 7 years, the center’s successful mission has been to transition homeless veterans to a productive life by providing wrap-around services proven to stabilize their mental and physical health and prepare them once again for the dignity of full employment and a productive life. Veterans generally reside at the Center from 6 to 18 months.
The Military Ball for ALL: A Home for Homeless Vets will include a variety of appearances and activities.
US Marines from Blount Island (FL) will perform the opening sword ceremony in full dress uniform. The event will be emceed by Kent Justice of News4Jax (WJXT).
Senator Aaron Bean (lately of Dancing with Stars, local version) will be the auctioneer, and proceeds from items purchased will benefit the center.
The keynote address will be delivered by MAJ Christopher Dempsey (US Army), recovering PTSD veteran and recent recipient of an award from THE PLAYERS Championship this March.
Judge David Gooding and his wife Cathy will lead the first dance when ballroom dancing commences.
The event is formal, but black tie is optional.
Five Star Veterans Center is run by COL Len Loving (USMC, retired) who was recognized as Veteran of the Year by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and recently inducted into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame by Governor Rick Scott.
(Based on news release from Five Star Veterans Center/May 9, 2019)