New England Center and Home for Veterans holds 17th annual ‘Leave No One Behind Gala’

SEAPORT — 400 guests attended the 17th annual “Leave No One Behind Gala” to benefit the New England Center and Home for Veterans, which was held on November 1, 2019 at the Seaport World Trade Center.

The evening’s emcee was NBC10/NECN anchor Latoyia Edwards and Jim Fagan served as auctioneer.

Leave No One Behind is the signature fundraising event to support the many programs and services at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV). All proceeds will benefit NECHV’s capital needs, clinical support services, and the onsite Veterans Training School. This year’s event celebrated NECHV’s 30 years of service to veterans.

At Leave No One Behind, veteran Charlotte Doherty was presented with the NECHV’s “Battlefield Citation” award in recognition of her achievements both during and after her call of duty. The 2019 event also honored Gold Star Mother Nikki Likely with the Brian A. Brooks Distinguished Service to Veterans Award.

Leave No One Behind featured a video presentation that tells the heroic story of World War II Veteran John Katsaros, who recounted his experiences of being shot down over France, captured and rescued in his book, “Code Burgundy: The Long Escape.” The evening also included a special performance by singer and Navy veteran Sailor Jerri of Minnesota.

All photos by Bill Brett

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