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March 2016 Edition

We're kicking off spring by celebrating with friends and firming up our 2016 event schedule, which is featured in this edition of The Perimeter! So, mark your calendars and join us for great company, great fun, and an excellent cause: supporting the men and women who have served us all.

2016 Event Calendar
Homes for the Brave and our community partners have something to offer everyone through the end of the year. Save the dates; we look forward to seeing you soon!

Saturday, April 30 - "Have a Ball" Cocktail Party
(Westport, CT)
soccer_goal.jpg Hosted by our good friends at AWARE CT, "Have a Ball" will benefit our Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program. Guests are also encouraged to bring a soccer ball for the Kick for Nick Foundation. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Thursday, June 9 - Salute to Female Soldiers: Our Forgotten Heroes (East Windsor, CT)
Brought to you by Rua Agency & Farmers Insurance, this open house fundraiser offers fun for the whole family. Join us at the CT Trolley Museum for trolley rides, face painting, music, caricatures, a cook-out, and more. Proceeds benefit FS:FHLearn more and buy tickets here.

Monday, July 11 - The 12th Annual Homes for the Brave Golf Classic & Lobster Ba ke (Orange, CT)
Golfers and non-golfers alike are invited to participate in our annual day of fun, food, and fellowship. This year, we're meeting at Racebrook Country Club for a BBQ lunch, golf, contests, prizes, and more. Following golf, we'll meet for a traditional New England Lobster Bake. Purchase your foursomes, sponsorships, and Lobster Bake tickets here.

Saturday, September 24 - "Step Up for the Brave" Stadium Stair Climb Challenge (Bridgeport, CT)
The stadium stair climb challenge is a vertical road race where patrons will "brave the heights" in honor of our brave military. Join us at the Bridgeport Bluefish Stadium at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, or participate as a virtual climber. Learn more here.

Friday, November 11 (Veterans Day) - Event TBA
Stay tuned!

Please contact Katie Marinelli with questions about our upcoming events and/or sponsorship opportunities.

New Laptops for Female Soldiers
On March 19, Connecticut Junior Women (CJW) invited us to attend the club's annual President's Appreciation Brunch. They were pleased to hear about everything the women in our Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program have accomplished since we last met in the fall: new jobs, new homes, and new educational and therapeutic opportunities.

Following our update, CJW's clubs made generous in-kind donations to FS:FH, including housewarming baskets, personal care products, food, household goods, and more.

Before breaking for brunch, CJW also announced that they have chosen to sponsor new laptops for the Nicholas A. Madaras House. Our existing computers are showing their age, making it difficult for the women to effectively look for work, complete school assignments, find housing, and stay in touch with loved ones. These new laptops will certainly help our residents achieve their goals.

Four new computers have been ordered and are en route! We promise to share photos once they are up and running.

Thank you, Connecticut Junior Women!

Dinner with Friends
Thank you to all of our friends who prepared and served such thoughtful meals to our residents in March. We appreciate your company and care more than you know! 

Congregation B'nai Israel knocked our socks off with their restaurant-style Sunday Brunch. After enjoying the delicious spread, we shared stories, talents, and lots of laughs.

Mariette Kammerer, President of Kmar Educational Services, Inc. and award winning chef, Sam Baytar, served a gourmet meal from Twist of Taste , along with a little motivation and excellent conversation!

The students from Notre Dame Catholic High School brought a lunchtime feast for the second month in a row. We think they're the next Iron Chefs!

Trumbull Rotary Club made our night with a fresh Italian dinner from Vazzy's.

Many thanks to the rest of our generous hosts, who bring the holiday season to us all year round:
Bridgeport Elks Lodge 36
Christel Truglia & Friends
Erin McBurney
The O'Connor Family
Trumbull Women's Club

If you are interested in hosting a meal at Homes for the Brave or Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes, please contact Katie Marinelli.

Giving Back
We'd like to thank Newman's Own Foundation for supporting our
Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program with a $2,500 grant. This generous gift will help us empower homeless female Veterans to regain and maintain their independence.

We are pleased to announce that a $10,000 grant from People's United Community Foundation will support the House Monitor/Community Outreach position for our Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program. In addition to keeping our current residents safe and comfortable, this position enables us to identify and serve female Veterans with whom we may not have connected otherwise.

Thank you, Teamsters Veterans Caucus Connecticut Chapter 1 for raising $2,000 to support your fellow service members.


The Board of Directors & Staff at ABRI/Homes for the Brave.

In This Month's Issue...
2016 Event Calendar
Laptops for FS:FH
Dinner with Friends
Giving Back



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Christel Truglia & Friends

Community Plates

Congregation B'nai Israel

Connecticut Junior Women

Connecticut Women's Alliance

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Chapter 15

Do's by TT

Glastonbury Junior Women's Club

Junior Women's Club of Wolcott

Kings Highway Elementary School - 2nd Grade

Kmar Educational Services, Inc.

Knights of Columbus St.
Theresa of Lisieux Council 8013

Little Black Business Book

Long Lots Elementary School
2nd Grade Brownie Troop

Notre Dame Catholic High School

O'Connor Family

Sikorsky Aircraft

Spadaccino Realty Team

Southbury Women's Club

St. Raphael School

Teamsters Veterans Caucus CT Chapter 1

Trumbull Rotary Club

Trumbull Women's Club

Twist of Taste

Watertown Junior Women's Club

Woodbury Junior Women's Club


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