For the past 25 years, members of Jewish War Veterans Copper State Post 619 in Sun Lakes have participated in philanthropic activities to help Jewish and non-Jewish veterans.

Their work will be recognized at the post’s 25th anniversary gala luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 7, at Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes.

The event will pay tribute to the devoted, hardworking members of the JWV Copper State Post 619 who for the past 12 years have donated an average of $34,000 annually to local organizations that support veterans. It will also feature brief presentations by 10 organizations supported by the Post.

During the past 25 years, JWV Post 619 has held parties at the US Veterans Home and VA Hospital, served refreshments at VA clinics, supported Fisher House in Tucson, refurbished rooms at the Arizona State Veteran Home, and sold poppies at supermarkets to support injured and homeless vets. They’ve also supported veterans who’ve returned from the Middle East with significant problems and purchased a van and bicycles to assist veterans in getting to the VA Hospital.

The Clipper Club

Aaron Dolin, one of the founders of JWV Post 619, is assisted by his wife, Joy, in leading The Clipper Club. Judy Plafker, wife of another founder, Irwin Plafker, is bringing coupons to the committee chairs. JWV Post 619 collects coupons from newspapers and magazines and sends  them to military bases overseas where they may be used for up to six months after their expiration dates.

25th anniversary celebration committee

The JWV Copper State Post 619 25th anniversary celebration committee are, in front from left, Myra Buckner, Adrian Bendick (co-chair) and Nancy Stutman (co-chair). In back are Joyce Spartonos, Shirley Gersten, Lee Ross and Glenda Warshaw. Not pictured are Carole Pessin, Shelly Henden, Viv Sloane and Gabe Forsberg.

The post also recently gave a generous donation to the East Valley JCC’s Lone Soldier Project to help lone soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces.

Tickets for the luncheon are $35 payable to JWV Copper State Post 619. The luncheon includes a choice of prime rib, grilled salmon or vegetarian. To purchase tickets, contact Adrian Bendick, 480-510-1733. Tickets must be purchased by March 25.

Poppy sales

Members of JWV Copper Post 619 raise money to help hospitalized and homeless veterans by selling poppies twice a year.  In this photo are, from left in back, Ron Siegel and Art Sharf. Seated is Gary Kanowsky.