Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

West Milford VFW Funds Pride's Trip to New York

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

West Milford VFW Funds Pride's Trip to New York

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WEST MILFORD - Local veterans recently gifted participants in the township's PRIDE program a trip to the Madison Square Garden Christmas show.

Diane Saunders, the coordinator of the municipal program for developmentally disabled adults, said the trip to see "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" earlier this month would not have been possible without the generosity of the West Milford Veterans Foreign Wars Post 7198.

The PRIDE program only accepts minimal fees. As a result, it relies on grants to fund group outings from its base at the Hillcrest Community Center, most of which are in or just outside the township.

VFW Post 7198 Commander Bill Johnson said the donation of transportation and seeing the smiles of the PRIDE participants as they ship off is one of the veterans group's annual highlights.

"It costs about $1,000 to supply the bus, but it's worth a lot more than that to us," he said. …

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