Press Release: $5,000 Available To Eligible Veteran

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Release Date: March 26, 2014

Contact: Executive Director Jesse D. Rosas (708) 449-5508 || Mack Communications(630) 357-7552

$5,000 Available To Eligible Veteran

Bloomingdale, Ill. – The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization, with the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission’s help, is calling for area wounded vets who need financial assistance to apply for a one time award of $5,000. Every year, CIACO gives away tens of thousands of dollars in charitable donations to many causes.  For the past three years, the CIACO has given $5,000 to a veteran in need.

“We know it can be a challenge for returning veterans,” said Lou Scaramuzzo, CIACO’s president.  “This is a small gesture of our heartfelt appreciation for their service to this country.”

The veteran chosen will be honored at CIACO’s annual Honor & Hope Gala on May 10, 2014.  The Honor & Hope Gala is a “tribute to our wounded heroes and future leaders.”  Since its inception in 1998, the CIACO has given more than $500,000 in scholarships as well as other charitable donations.

This year, the CIACO will also honor Calvin Herion, 13, who has scoliosis and arthrogryposis and must use a wheelchair.  The CIACO will give a $10,000 contribution to Calvin and his family.  Some of the money will go to getting Calvin a new wheelchair.

The CIACO will also donate $10,000 to the Serenity House of Addison, which treats low-income individuals for substance abuse.  Seventeen deserving students will also receive individual scholarships of $2,000.

Veterans wishing to be considered for the $5,000 donation must send a letter including information about their lives, families, jobs, and physical challenges to:


Attn:  Donation Committee

P.O. Box 27

Bloomingdale, IL  60618

The deadline for letters is April 11, 2014.  Finalists will be interviewed by the Donation Committee before a final decision is made. VFP


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