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Foundation holds breakfast to benefit veterans’ initiative

As part of its initiative to provide scholarships to veterans, the Green River Community College Foundation raised over $4,600 at a benefit breakfast September 13. Over 100 Green River staff, faculty and area community members attended the event held at the Golden Steer, the Kent restaurant owned by Foundation Board of Directors member Jim Berrios.

"This is something close to my heart," President Eileen Ely said in her welcoming remarks. "We all truly value the sacrifices our veterans made serving our country. As part of our thanks, we at Green River want to serve them."

Funds raised as part of the Foundation's veterans’ initiative will go to help remove financial barriers facing veterans when they enroll at Green River. The Green River Foundation and the Auburn VFW Post 1741 created a scholarship early this year for veterans whose benefits do not fully cover college costs. The Veterans Educational Fund (VET) fund helps pay for one-time expenses.

Vets enjoying breakfast
Veterans enjoy a hearty meal at the September 13 benefit breakfast at the Golder Steer in Kent.

Dr. Eileen Ely converses with an attendee.
Green River president, Dr. Eileen Ely, converses with Pete Lazzaretti, regional president of Mt. Rainier Branch 104 of the Fleet Reserve Association, during the event.

Green River's Veterans Services, Disability Support Services, Women's Programs, Counseling and Health Services and VetCorps offices assist veterans, as well as all students, with their veterans' benefits, disability accommodation, counselors and mentorship.

For more information about the Green River Foundation and its veterans' initiative, visit grccfoundation.org or call (253) 288-3330.