UTICA, N.Y. – The Central New York chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart received a check for $8,500 Wednesday morning to help local veterans.
The Memorial Parkway Center hosted a Block Dance Party Reunion and Classic Car Show over the summer to raise money for area veterans and their families.
Dennis Jacobs, who helped organize the event, says the community support is "phenomenal." As a purple heart recipient himself, he was inspired to hold this event to benefit veterans.
“I’m an Army veteran and to do this event and to make it a fundraiser for veterans…is very, very exciting; and we’re hoping for next year, our event is going to be even bigger and better,” he said.
The fundraising event featured music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, a 50/50 raffle and food trucks from around the area.