For the Troops fundraiser in Simi Valley honors Gulf War veterans

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Gulf War veterans will be honored Feb. 27 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum during an event that will also raise money for a nonprofit group in Simi Valley that sends “We Care” packages to deployed U.S. troops all over the world.

The fourth annual Military Tribute Gala includes a dinner and live and silent auctions, with items including a weeklong stay at a beachfront condo in Maui and a fighter pilot simulator experience. Two rifles — an M16 and an M4 — will also be auctioned.

“We are very excited about this gala,” said Paula Cornell, of Simi Valley, co-founder and president of the nonprofit For the Troops. “We’d like the public to come out and help us support and honor our troops.”

Cornell said For the Troops is an all-volunteer organization that must raise money to cover postage and other costs.

“We spend approximately $20,000 a month for postage and about $5,000 a month buying items to supplement our care packages,” she said. “About 1,800 packages a month go to deployed freedom fighters all over the world.”

Barbara Glodfelty, director of food and beverage at the Lost Canyons Golf Club, is chairing the fundraiser. The honorary co-chairman is Rep. Steve Knight, R-Lancaster, whose 25th District includes part of Simi Valley.

Items up for bid include lunch and a tour of the Navy Seabee Museum at Naval Base Ventura County with Capt. Chris Kurgan, commodore of Naval Construction Group 1, and a tour of the Reagan Library for four people. Guests can also bid on a catered four-course gourmet meal for six guests in their home, a Milgard slider door and a Newport sailboat tour and lunch for four guests.

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