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Veterans Are Winners of Harley Raffle

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The North Florida South Georgia Fisher House celebrated it's first anniversary of operation an Tuesday, July 7th at the Fisher House. Employees of the MRVA Medical center were invited to tour the house and have lunch. The NF/SG Fisher House has had a very successful first year within the first three months of opening the house was operating at capacity. It served over 850 families in it's first year.

Rick Fabiani, President of the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation along with fellow Board Members, Tom Hennessey, and Holly Bender grilled the All-American Hot dog for lunch and served the guests and participants. Vickie Van Buren, board member and Commander of American Legion Post 16 was there to help greet, tour and answer questions.

The Raffle for the Harley Davidson Motorcycles was held in the house with guest drawing for the winners. Everyone there for the tour at the time was there for festivities. We would like to thank WCJB, WGTN and the Gainesville Sun for such great coverage of the event. The more information the public has about the Fisher house the better for all concerned.

The true winners of the Harley Raffle are our veterans and their families. The comfort the Fisher House gives to them and their families is immeasurable. The ability to have the comfort of a home directly on the campus with the hospital only a short walk away gives the support person or the veteran an ease of mind. The proceeds from the raffle will go to the support of the house and to the Ed Van Buren Bridge Scholarship at Santa Fe College.

A Bridge Scholarship is designed to assist a first-time college attendee veteran who needs the financial assistance to get registered and begin classes without having to stress over their first GI Bill payment. This program has been very successful and proven to strongly impact the graduation rate of veterans.

The winners of the motorcycles who agreed to allow us to publish their names are also both veterans. Barry Murphy, who is an employee of the VAMC and Paul Emery who won the Trike. Congratulations and blissful riding to both!

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Gainesville Hero Recognized in Best-Selling Novel and at Local Event

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GAINESVILLE, FL - Lone Survivor, a movie that details the story of a deadly SEAL operation that resulted in heavy American casualties, is wrenching the hearts of people around the world. At the center of the attention surrounding Operation Red Wings are the families who lost loved ones on June 28, 2005, the day the mission went fatally wrong. Among those is the family of James Suh, a University of Florida alumnus who died that afternoon in the craggy terrain of Eastern Afghanistan.

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Eight Time PGA Tour Winner Fred Funk Will Play to Help Veterans

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GAINESVILLE, FL - PGA great Fred Funk will play 18 holes on Sunday to benefit the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation. On April 6 at the Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club Fred will join 15 veterans from the Wounded Warriors Project on the course and participating teams will to bid on a chance to play six holes each with him.

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President of Saber Financial Receives Patriot Award

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GAINESVILLE, FL - On May 15, active community member and President of Saber Financial Rick Fabiani was presented with the Patriot award by the Fisher House Foundation. Mr. Fabiani received the award from Fisher House Foundation President David Coker at a VIP reception at the Harn museum celebrating the dedication of the new North Florida, South Georgia Fisher House.

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New Fisher House Will Help 750 Veteran Families Every Year

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GAINESVILLE, FL - On Friday morning, May 16, U.S Congressmen Ted Yoho, Veterans Affairs officials and representatives from the national Fisher House Foundation will officially dedicate the North Florida, South Georgia Fisher House. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center campus, adjacent to the house. More than 500 hundred are expected to attend and the Navy Band will be playing before and after the ceremony.