Elk Grove Community Raises Over $175,000 to Install Elevator at Local VFW Hall
Last year on Veterans Day, the Village, in partnership with the Community Character Coalition, announced the Vette for Vets Car Raffle, a fund-raising effort to install a much-needed elevator at the Elk Grove VFW Hall. The fund raising goal was set at $150,000, which was the estimated cost of this accessibility upgrade for local veterans. We are proud to announce that the community exceeded the goal in support of our local veterans.
The Village Board and Community Character Coalition presented a check for $178,953.58 to members of VFW Post 9284 at the Village Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 15. These funds include not only money raised from the Vette for Vets raffle ticket sales, but also donations from the Elk Grove business community.
Mayor Craig Johnson reached out personally to many local businesses and when $85,000 in donations flowed in, he was impressed, but not surprised by their generosity:
“Once local business owners heard why we were raising money, they dug deep.” said Mayor Johnson, “I’m very proud of our community for coming together in support of our local veterans. This was an ambitious fund-raising goal, but I knew we would be able to meet the challenge.”
The Vette for Vets raffle would not have been possible without the generosity of Joe Castelbuono, Tony Castelbuono and Bob Politza, the owners of Castle Chevrolet North, who donated the Corvette to help support local veterans. The Village thanks Castle Chevrolet, the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove, as well as the many local businesses who made generous contributions in support of our local veterans.