Touch a Veteran

Touch A Veteran Night

🇺🇲 Charity Fundraiser Benefiting New Haven Veterans 🇺🇲

NEW HAVEN, CONN. (Sep. 16, 20220)–Support two Elm City veteran service organizations at a pre-Veterans Day party with live entertainment and online charity auction from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022 at Trinity Bar & Restaruant in New Haven. Proceeds from the Touch A Veteran Night charity fundraiser, benefits the people and programs of the Veterans of Foreign Wars New Haven Post 12150 and the American Legion New Haven Post 1210.

VFW and Legion Post Commander Charles M. Pickett said the irreverently named event will feature hors d’oeuvres by Trinity Chef Shane Carty, an online silent auction, raffles, and the Mattatuck Drum Band at 7 p.m. who will “shake the pots and pans off the racks again in the Trinity kitchen.”

“With Veterans Day coming up and the pandemic largely subsiding, we just wanted to have a big party, raise a bunch of money for our programs, and just have a good time,” Pickett said. He explained the VFW was able to donate thousands of dollars this summer to local organizations such as the Knights of St. Patrick and the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and veterans groups such as the Marine Corps League Detachment 40 and the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation. Pickett said, “expanding our charitable giving through our social and charitable programs is a priority goal this year. With the help from our fellow veterans, friends, and citizens, we can have fun exceeding our charitable goals.”

The fundraiser features an online auction which opens Oct. 19 ( $20 event tickets and additional information about the live event–including how to get three free raffle tickets by wearing a costume or military-grade silkies–are available at the door and online (

As for the bold event name, Pickett said a number were considered but none were as striking as Touch a Veteran Night. However, Pickett said the name comes with a caveat he learned in annual Army Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) training: Only touch with consent.

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