Folcarelli DAV Chapter 1 presents VAMC with $3K in Walmart gift cards

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A relatively small delegation from the Giovanni Folcarelli DAV Chapter 1 went to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Providence toting what Donna Ursillo called “a huge and important donation.”

Ursillo wanted it known that “these gift cards come at the right time, as we transition to the holidays. Without the generous support of DAV Chapter 1, the VA Medical Center would not be able to provide all the necessary assistance to our veterans and their families.”

The Folcarelli DAV Chapter 1 presented Ursillo – who serves as chief of voluntary services at the VA Medical Center – with $3,000 in Walmart gift cards.

“When I need immediate funding to help a veteran or family,” Ursillo said, “the Folcarelli folks are already standing by to assist and we are grateful for their ongoing dedication and commitment to helping our veterans.”

The DAV Chapter 1, which is based inside the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812, had previously donated $2,000 in gift cards and also presented Ursillo with a check for $500 prior to the recent contribution of the $3,000 worth of Walmart gift cards.

All of which, Ursillo said, while thanking Commander Jack Hill and some of Chapter 1’s key officials: “The Giovanni Folcarelli DAV has donated a total of $5,500 for the year to the VA Medical Center and for that we’re extremely grateful.”

Moreover, it places DAV Chapter 1 in a select category of upholding its extraordinary tradition of having an unmatched tradition of making donations t the Providence-based Medical Center.

“The DAV is a leading nonprofit veterans service organization with 1.3 million members,” said Raymond Denisewich, Chapter 1’s adjutant-treasurer. “Our Folcarelli Chapter has over 430 members and is proud to announce that in the last five years we have donated over $14,500 to the Providence VA Medical Center.”

Meanwhile, Hill added: “We have a very active chapter with enthusiastic members who love raising money for veterans and their families. In addition to general fundraising, our chapter supports the annual Veterans Oldies Dance which is always a sell out.”

The 2020 event is scheduled for Aug. 1 and will be held at the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812. It figures to once again be a sellout, so as Hill said, “people should plan on getting their tickets early for this great, once-a-year event.”

Chapter 1, which is named in honor and memory of the late former Lt. Gov. Giovanni Folcarelli, meets at 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Kelley-Gazzerro post located at 1418 Plainfield Pike on the Cranston-Johnston line. 

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