Orchid Gala will increase cash for homeless ladies veterans

Ashley White stump

The seventh annual Orchid Gala will raise money for homeless veterans in honor of a soldier killed in action.

Villagers for Veterans will host the event on August 7th at 5:00 p.m. at the Brownwood Hotel & Spa in The Villages. Tickets are $ 75 each and can be purchased at www.villagersforveterans.org or by phone (516) 220-5068. The theme will be “Havana Night”. There will be a performance by Hula Hands in Aloha and there will be music by Latin Ambition.

The event will raise funds for Ashley’s House, a 4,000-square-foot transitional home to be built on Grove Street, Eustis, to commemorate Ashley White-Stumpf, who was killed by an improvised explosive device during combat operations in Afghanistan.

“The home will be an all-female veterans transition home that provides temporary safe haven for female veterans while providing professional training, counseling and much-needed female camaraderie as they work toward self-sufficiency in a safe and loving environment,” says Marie Bogdonoff, Founder and CEO of Villagers for Veteran.