Monday, April 20, 2015
Post 1029 Surprises National Commander
American Legion Post 1029 had a big surprise for National Commander Michael Helm when he capped his three-day swing through New York State by addressing a dinner in Queens on April 17.
Post 1029 Commander Joseph Aniano presented Helm with a check for $25,000.
Post Finance Officer John Marino said the donation is “for whatever Commander Helm thinks will do the most good for the most veterans.”
It wasn’t the first time that members of Post 1029 garnered attention for their benevolence. “Over the past five years,” Marino noted, “we have been able to donate approximately $550,000 to various veterans organizations.” The money had been raised through the sale of their building in Island Park, NY. “Losing the building was a sad day, but the good that the money is doing more than compensates for the sadness.”
Also representing the post at the dinner – which was held at Antun’s in Queens Village – were Post Commander Aniano’s wife, Jean, the Auxiliary Unit’s chief fundraiser; First Vice Commander B. Willie Carrollo and wife, Rosemarie, Auxiliary president; Member Paul Marino and wife, Rae; Member Mickey Hastava and wife Marie.