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Casino Night Fundraiser 2011

The 2011 Honors Dinner and Casino Night event was held on Saturday night, November 12, during the Veterans Day Weekend. Once again, we were feted at the Woodland Hills Country Club. This year, the Evan Ashcraft Foundation presented honor awards to key contributors to the Foundation. These honorees include:

Judy Broder of The Soldiers Project
The California Community Foundation
Patty Campochiaro of Personnel Plus
Alice and Steve Southerland of Not Just Printing
Southwest Airlines

These people and organizations have been instrumental in the success enjoyed by the Foundation in providing grants to nongovernmental agencies for post-traumatic stress disorder counseling to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. We are truly fortunate and greatly honored to know them and to have their support.

The Casino Night was an event enjoyed by all. The "fun" money was flowing freely as were the "whoops" and laughs as winners reaped the benefits of their prowess. Attendees ranged from Michigan and Connecticut, and reaches far and wide. The buffet drew a great many compliments for its superb taste, preparation, presentation and variety. And the evening was capped off by a raffle of two Southwest Airlines round trip tickets to any destination in their system. Jane and Jim Bright closed the event by extending a heartfelt "thank you" to all who attended and those who donated but could not attend. The many service members that have benefitted from services provided by our grantees also sent a "silent" message of gratitude. Their lives are saved and enriched directly by our supporters. You are remembered as Evan is remembered.



Casino Night Fundraiser 2010

A Casino Night was held at the Woodland Hills, Country Club in Woodland Hills, California on May 29, 2010. It was a night to remember. Jane and Jim Bright introduced the event with a hearty welcome. The Foundation was honored with event sponsorship by two supporters; Southwest Airlines and ITT Corporation. A hit for all our guests was the sumptuous buffet with foods to please everyone’s palate and prepared in a most delicious manner.

Engaging in gambling with “fun” money was fun. Blackjack, roulette, craps and Texas Hold’em sustained the excitement for the night. The silent auction drew spirited bids with gifts all ending in worthy hands. At the end, the raffle that included two round trip tickets anywhere in the U.S., topped the evening events. Jane and Jim thanked all who came to honor Jane’s son, Evan, who was killed in action in Iraq and for the donations that will aid returning veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. It was a poignant yet fun and unforgettable event!

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The interview occurred at a RAND Corp event held Wednesday November 4, 2009. The event was held to highlight teh Rand Study "Wounds of War" and follow up with additional information regarding the challenges facing returning wounded vets. Three severely disabled vets were part of the presentation, two Marines who are compound amputees and an Army veteran who broke her back trying to med-evac one of her soldiers. Information emerging from the program:

  • every day 18 military commit suicide
  • the average wait for treatment at a VA facility is 179 days
  • there is a one-million case backlog of cases facing the VA at this time


As you know, the heart of any charity is its supporting group of volunteers. In order for the Evan Ashcraft Foundation to grow and thrive, we need a robust team of volunteers at our side.

We meet once a month in the West San Fernando Valley. Please call us at 818-703-2026 and tell us about yourself. It may be the one thing you do that will make a difference to the most important people we have – our veterans.

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