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!