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Von’s Credit Union Helping Veterans

by Esthela G. Torres Siegrist

El Monte –

On Friday, August 9, El Monte American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261 and El Monte American Legion Post 261 members held a very special event:  a fundraiser to help Veterans and their families.   Once again, our local El Monte Von’s Credit Union, located at 4455 Arden Drive in El Monte, graciously invited El Monte’s Legionnaires and Auxiliary Members to barbecue and sell hamburgers and hot dogs, which were purchased and eagerly consumed by Credit Union employees, customers, and a host of guests and passersby from all over El Monte and points beyond.

Von’s Credit Union donated the complete barbecue setup, including propane tanks and a very experienced barbecue instructor. Von’s Credit Union went even further by donating all the hamburger meat, the hot dogs, buns, ice, water, sodas, chips, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and eating utensils.  Major assistance in the event came from the green-shirted Von’s “Youth” members, who arrived early, worked the event, and helped, clean up after.

Pictured from left to right in the back are officers from El Monte American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261 and El Monte American Legion Post 261:  Americanism/Membership Chairman Betty Ramos, 2nd Vice Commander Gil Ramos, Treasurer Joyce Delgado, Education/Community Service Chairman Barbara Romero, Parliamentarian Mary Jo Kolokoski, President Esthela Torres de Siegrist, 1st Vice Commander David Siegrist, Secretary Sally Farinella, and Post 261 Commander Tony Farinella.  Kneeling in the front row are five wonderful, hardworking “Youth” members from Von’s Credit Union, who contributed much time, energies, good humor, and their winning smiles towards making the event a notable success.

Also helping out, but not pictured were four EMUHSD American Legion 2013 Girls’ State Delegates:  Maria Nguyen (Arroyo); Erica Chen (Rsoemead); Wendy Galvan (El Monte); and Daphne Lynn Lu (Mt. View).   Also assisting were EMUHSD American Legion 2013 Boys’ State Delegates Sergio Mora (Mt. View), and RJ Lozano (Rosemead).  These Delegates donated baked goods and helped with setting up the event and working it.

On behalf of all El Monte American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261 members and El Monte American Legion Post 261 members, we wish to extend our sincere gratitude and profound thanks to Von’s Credit Union’s management, employees, youth volunteers, and customers for their great generosity and support for our nation’s Veterans and their families.

Thank you, one and all at Von’s Credit Union!  You were/are simply GREAT!

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