Cactus Shadows HS Student Honored with Financial Scholarship Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society to recognize student at annual gala

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society (AVHOFS) will host its 10th Annual Patriotic Gala on Saturday, April 9th at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale to celebrate the recognition of non-military individuals and private institutions whose actions have contributed significantly to the benefit and well-being of our military, veterans and their families. Award recipients include: U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, Copper Star Award; House Speaker David Gowan, Copper Shield Award; Sanderson Ford, Copper Eagle Award; Ms. Patricia George, Copper Sword Award.  Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan will be in attendance as well as many other notable dignitaries.

“This year’s Patriotic Gala is not to be missed as we will honor so many deserving individuals who are prime examples of carrying out our daily mission of preserving and perpetuating our military traditions,” said AVHOFS President Gene H. Rafanelli. “I am most proud to present our scholarship awards to seven exemplary students and veterans clearly dedicated to patriotism and our community.”

During the program, scholarships will be presented to a total of seven individuals. Katelyn Finegan from Cactus Shadows High School is one of the students to be recognized at the 10th Annual Patriotic Gala. Katelyn participates in the nationally recognized Veterans Heritage Project (VHP), who, by research and study, ensures that the legacy of veterans is timeless.

Katelyn has been with the Veterans Heritage Project for four years and cherishes every veteran she’s met along the way. Katelyn is vice president of the Cactus Shadows VHP chapter and may one day serve in the military. For now, she is considering a degree in Journalism.

The Gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception followed by a formal dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. and entertainment will be provided by the Uptown Angels. Complimentary valet parking and shuttle services for self-parking will be available.

The AVHOFS Gala has grown to become one of the most anticipated events of the year and attracts service men and women, retired military, political, business, civic and philanthropic leaders from around the state to honor leaders who are a voice for those who serve our nation. Event proceeds fund scholarships and a wide variety of veteran projects of both a national and a local scope.

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