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Fundraiser for Montgomery College’s Combat2College Program, Sept. 7

Montgomery Alliance Hosts Cookout at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg


To support Combat2College, Montgomery Alliance will host a cookout and auction on Wednesday, September 7 at Smokey Glen Farm, located at 16407 Riffleford Road in Gaithersburg. The cookout and auction runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and admission is $30, cash or charge. One auction item is a barbecue for 12 hosted by the mayors of Rockville, Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase, Takoma Park, Kensington, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Poolesville, and Somerset. Mayor Sidney Katz of Gaithersburg will act as auctioneer for the event.

More than 700 veterans are back in classes this week at Montgomery College’s three campuses. The Combat2College program eases the transition from military to civilian life, and provides academic, emotional and financial support for returning veterans at Montgomery College.

“We kept hearing from veterans, ‘I stepped foot on campus and didn’t feel I belonged,’” recalled Rose Sachs, disability support services chair at Montgomery College. “We had the opportunity to work with the National Rehabilitation Hospital, National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Veterans Administration Medical Center to develop a program to help veterans transition to civilian life. The program is being used as a national model, but we still struggle with funding every year. We’re very grateful that Montgomery Alliance for Community Giving selected Combat2College for its 2011 fundraising campaign.”

Combat2College is run by a husband and wife team – Program Assistant Joanna Starling and Fitness Coordinator Jason Franklin – who link veterans to services at the College. Franklin himself attended Montgomery College after serving in the Marine Corps.

“Supporting Combat2College is a great way to thank veterans for their service to our country and welcome veterans back to our community,” said Charles Atwell, a Montgomery Alliance Board member who co-chairs the campaign. “We’re proud to help those who served make a smooth transition from the military to college and civilian life here in Montgomery County and are touched by the generosity of local businesses and supporters.”

Reservations for the cookout and auction are encouraged but not required. Please call 301-990-3005 or e-mail for more information.

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