HAMMOND | Celebration of Life, a dinner by Webbhouse Inc., was held recently at Horseshoe Casino. Board of Director Bob Farmer created the event to thank those who have supported the non-for-profit organization and celebrate the Montford Point Marines and the late Sgt. Jeanette Winters.
"Let us all get together and acknowledge the lives of these heroes," said Farmer of the salute to military veterans.
The event featured dinner, a cash bar, a vocalist and guest speakers Gen. Loretta Reynolds, Women Marines Association National President Betty Moseley Brown, School Superintendent Doeford Shirley, Indiana Director of Veterans Affairs James Brown, Regional Director for U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, Justin Mount, and Montford Point Marine Association President Sharon Stokes.
Shirley spoke of Winters, a Gary native and the first U.S. servicewoman to die in the in Iraq conflict. Winters was the inspiration for Webbhouse Inc., said Farmer. The organization was formed in 2009 mainly to help homeless female veterans in Gary.
The organization has provided 27 homes for male and female veterans and their families and continues to offer housing, counseling and employment.
In attendance at the Celebration of Life dinner as a supporter of Webbhouse Inc., and to introduce Brown was From Boots to Books Program Assistant Director Akili Shakur.
"I feel extremely honored and humbled to be a part of the event. Anything that will promote positivity and well-being for veterans is something Boots to Books will support," Shakur said.
Located in the Student Union and Library at Purdue University Calumet, From Boots to Books is a program committed to helping student veterans and student service members complete their educational goals. Through a variety of support services, FBBP helps members transition from the mentality of a soldier to that of a student.