Legion auxiliary to host 100 year gala event

They’re having a party in Wyandotte next month, and it’s going to be a big one.

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is turning 100 this year and to celebrate the occasion, Wyandotte’s Edward C. Headman American Legion Auxiliary Unit 217 is throwing “The gALA,” a 100 years celebration at Silver Shore Waterfront Banquet Facility on Nov. 9.

“We’re going to celebrate our first 100 years and kick off our next 100,” said Cari Ann Salamon, Unit 217 president.

Founded in 1919, the organization consists of around 800,000 members in 9,500 communities across the United States. American Legion Auxiliary members and volunteers help out veterans and other former and current members of the military along with their families through volunteer hours, programs, and an increased presence in Washington, D.C.

Locally, the Headman Post’s Auxiliary has more than 570 members. All told, between regular members, Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion, there are more than 1,700 members at the Hedman Post, the third most in Michigan, according to Salamon.

“We are the biggest little post in the state,” she said.

The American Legion Auxiliary’s motto is “Service not Self,” and Salamon said that’s what her organization strives for above all else.

“We are all about the common good,” she said. “We want to take care of our veterans, their families and our community.”

Whether it’s organizing a blood drive, making sure a veteran’s family has food or clothing or furniture or teaming up with another service organization like Vetrran for Downriver, the VFW, PLAV or the Boy Scouts, the ALA is there.

The gALA on Nov. 9 will feature special guest speakers, buffet dinner, open bar, fundraising raffles and music by the popular band Wisteria.

Doors for the even open at 6 p.m. and diner is at 7.

Tickets for the event are $50 each and available at the Post 2817 Van Alstyne. You caan also call 734-576-2946 ,for tickets or information.

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