Raymond Holybee: Think twice about methods of fundraising

By Signal Contributor

Last update: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Think twice about methods
of fundraising

When I read about the Strawberry Margarita Charity event and how it was going to help homeless veterans, I almost choked.

Homelessness among veterans is a problem, yes. A far larger problem is alcohol and drug abuse. Both alcohol and drug abuse among homeless veterans is pandemic.

Doesn’t anyone see the hypocrisy of using a huge drinking party to help those with a huge drinking problem? Veterans, homeless or not, more often have problems with alcohol or drugs.

So how does it help, what does it say to the veterans? We can handle it. Sorry you can’t.

As for the alleged foundation established to buy hotels or apartment buildings, why such a pie-in-sky undertaking? Leave that for the big kids, the Red Cross, Goodwill and the VA.

I didn’t hear or read any mention of those agencies attending, and I’m sure for good reason.

I work with and for veterans, many of whom are homeless, caught up by alcohol or drugs. I also have occasion to work with the Red Cross, Goodwill and others.

I believe each would agree, homelessness can only be solved one veteran at a time in much the same way as alcohol and drug abuse can only be overcome one day at a time.

One veteran’s point of view.

This “party” may make someone feel good, but when the alcohol wears off, did it help anyone?

 

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Raymond Holybee: Think twice about methods of fundraising

Tarah Mae enjoys a margarita at the Strawberry Tequila Festival held at Central Park on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Think twice about methods
of fundraising

When I read about the Strawberry Margarita Charity event and how it was going to help homeless veterans, I almost choked.

Homelessness among veterans is a problem, yes. A far larger problem is alcohol and drug abuse. Both alcohol and drug abuse among homeless veterans is pandemic.

Doesn’t anyone see the hypocrisy of using a huge drinking party to help those with a huge drinking problem? Veterans, homeless or not, more often have problems with alcohol or drugs.

So how does it help, what does it say to the veterans? We can handle it. Sorry you can’t.

As for the alleged foundation established to buy hotels or apartment buildings, why such a pie-in-sky undertaking? Leave that for the big kids, the Red Cross, Goodwill and the VA.

I didn’t hear or read any mention of those agencies attending, and I’m sure for good reason.

I work with and for veterans, many of whom are homeless, caught up by alcohol or drugs. I also have occasion to work with the Red Cross, Goodwill and others.

I believe each would agree, homelessness can only be solved one veteran at a time in much the same way as alcohol and drug abuse can only be overcome one day at a time.

One veteran’s point of view.

This “party” may make someone feel good, but when the alcohol wears off, did it help anyone?

 

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  • lois eisenberg

    “Think twice about methods of fundraising”
    This fundraiser was thoughtless and in bad taste !!!!

  • Brian Baker

    Pointless sanctimony.

    “This ‘party’ may make someone feel good, but when the alcohol wears off, did it help anyone?”

    I don’t know. Did it? Did it raise funds which are going to be used to help those guys? Would it have been better to have NOT had this event, and kept those monies in people’s bank accounts? Carrying this “logic” out even further, why should any non-vet be allowed to help out at all? Non-vets haven’t been through the same experiences either, have they?

    What I wrote is ALSO “one veteran’s point of view”.

  • Gil Mertz

    Serving alcohol at a fund raiser is not only uncommon but encouraged as it helps raise more money for the cause when folks are happy. And what a ridiculous remark about the “alleged” foundation that should not try to help locally but leave it to only national agencies. If the writer wanted to really know if anyone was helped, he’s a two minute call away from getting that answer.

    Some people light candles while some just curse the darkness.

  • Justus Benavidez

    did it make lots of money?