Letters: Reader says ‘Salute Dinner’ successful due to support

To the editor:
The Bristol Veterans Council’s 5th Annual “Salute Dinner” was again a huge success. As with any endeavor such as this, many folks contributed to that success.
First, I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to the women from the Army Strong Community Center: Donna Dognin and Kristen Masiero. Their help was invaluable. Next some kudos go to Al Terzi, who again was our most gracious MC and commissioner Sean Connolly for being our keynote speaker. We also received help from Darby Nelligan and Amy Dognin. BVC Chairman Bob Renta and BVC members CWO5 Pat Nelligan and Deacon Stanley Piotrowski made the evening run quite smoothly. Molly Westfall again did her usual stellar job singing our National Anthem a capella. 1SG(Ret.) Dave Carello’s assistance setting up and breaking “camp” was quite helpful.
Dave Pasqualicchio and his staff at Nuchie’s provided an absolutely delicious meal and professional, courteous service.
State Rep. Frank Nicastro provided citations signed by the entire legislative delegation from Bristol and all three high school principals– Pete Wininger from Bristol Central High School, Carly Fortin from Bristol Eastern High School, and Cary Dupont of St. Paul Catholic High School– assisted with the award presentations.
Mary Suchopar was, as always, extremely helpful.
Both local newspapers deserve some kudos as well for helping to promote the event with some very well written pieces by Brian Johnson, Molly Westfall, and Lisa Capobianco. Again, thank you all for your continued support.
As one can see, clearly the dinner’s success was the result of many folks pitching in.
In the end, though, the real heroes were those 29 extraordinary young people who have willingly chosen to be members of the one half of one percent of our nation’s population willing to defend the other 99.5 percent. If that isn’t the very definition or manifestation of the word “hero,” I do not know what is.
May God bless you all and thank you.
Tim Gamache
Bristol Veterans Council