NECHV recognizes support of region’s veterans at annual gala

SEAPORT — 600 guests attended the New England Center and Home for Veterans’ 16th annual “Leave No One Behind” gala, which was held on Oct. 10 at the World Trade Center in Boston.

The NECHV event marked the 100th anniversary of The Armistice when the guns fell silent on the Western Front, ending World War I, which was called the “Great War.” That Armistice Day became Veterans Day; a national holiday to honor all of those who have served in the military.

For the past 15 years, Leave No One Behind has been the signature fundraising event to support the NECHV’s housing programs, clinical support services, and the onsite Veterans Training School. NBC10 Boston and NECN’s chief meteorologist Matt Noyes served as the event’s emcee and US Navy veteran Heidi Willson sang the national anthem.

Recognized at the gala were veteran Steve Creedon with the “Battlefield Citation” for his achievements both during and after their call of duty. The Brian A. Brooks Distinguished Service to Veterans Award
Captain Thomas G. Kelley, USN (Retired), Medal of Honor Recipient. And this year, the first ever Heart of Service Award will be presented to Kristine DiNardo, M.Ed., LMHC in recognition of “her selfless and passionate service to veterans as NECHV’s Vice President of Human Services.”

All photos by Bill Brett

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