Halloween 2013 2Friends of the Soldiers Home, in less than its second full year of existence, marked its 50th volunteer event at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington with a gala Halloween Happy Hour on Oct. 29.

Each one of the 15 Friends volunteers who attended the event was in need, as they individually escorted numerous residents on an indoor Halloween “treasure hunt” through a cemetery, pumpkin patch and other locales in search of cards for the perfect poker hand.

Friends, which formed to strengthen the bond between the 600-resident Home and the community, began volunteering with Jingo Night in December 2011, one month after the organization formed. Its efforts have grown to include three regular monthly events, Jingo Night, Happy Hour and Saloon Night With Friends, in addition to other volunteer activities such as the Spring Fling and July 4 festivals on campus.

Friends is grateful to its wonderful volunteers that has made this all possible! We can always use more help. If you would like to be part of the action and are not on the e-mail list that gets regular alerts to volunteer activities, write Mary Bucci at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail.com.

Our next 50 events get off to a great start this coming Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Saloon Night With Friends, when we bring in jazz singer Cecily Miles to entertain the veterans along with volunteers to serve drinks and snacks to keep them company!

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