Stage Door Canteen Honors WWII Vets, Military Outreach Initiative

09/09/2011
Contact: Rebeca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

Get out your boogie-woogie shoes for a star-spangled event.

Georgia Perimeter College will salute World War Two veterans with a weeklong educational symposium, November 7 to 10, followed by a USO-style Stage Door Canteen Dinner and Dance on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The dance features the Big Band sounds of GPC’s own Greg McLean and the GPC Jazz Ensemble.
The dinner which begins at 6 p.m., is a fundraiser to benefit the college’s Military Outreach Initiative, with a special recognition program at 7 p.m. for WWII veterans, featuring keynote speaker Brigadier General Jerry J. Bradford.

The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress 1940s style.

Georgia Perimeter College history professor Dr. Thomas Graham teaches his students about WWII, and how those who served in that conflict changed the world. “Because of the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in World War II nearly 70 years ago, we are able to experience the unprecedented freedoms we enjoy today,” he says. “As the number of WWII patriots is rapidly decreasing, it’s important that we recognize their contribution to our country. “

While the college honors the WWII generation, it recognizes that many of their students are veterans of service in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts. The GPC Military Outreach Initiative’s goal is to help these students and their families become successful in earning their degrees. This benefit will help the college achieve that goal.
Proceeds from the event will help students like former military police officer Corporal Joseph Lewit, who was injured when an IED exploded during his second tour of duty in Iraq. Lewit, a GPC student, looks forward to the services offered through the initiative, which includes a Military Outreach Center.

“With all the information on available services that veterans need in one center, it will guide fellow veterans to have the best possible experience while at GPC,” he says.

Funding the Military Outreach Initiative is an important step in helping GPC students like Lewit succeed in college and transition into the workplace or onto their next career goal.

“GPC is committed to supporting and honoring returning military men, women, veterans and their families with their educational and career goals,” said GPC president Dr. Anthony Tricoli. “Our goal with the GPC Military Outreach Initiative is to assist each student in the transition process, ensuring that they have the tools to succeed academically, so they can graduate and join the workforce, or transfer to another institution to achieve their career goals. Through the college’s Military Outreach Center, we offer an array of resources and support services that help military students achieve success.”

Sponsors for both the educational symposium and The Stage Door Dinner and Dance are The CRS Group at Merrill Lynch and the GPC Foundation.

Tickets are $50 for dinner and dance; free for WWII veterans. Tickets for the program and dance only are $15; $10 for GPC faculty and staff, and $5 for non-GPC students. Proceeds from the event support the GPC Military Outreach Initiative. Students are free with GPC ID. For tickets, go to www.giving.gpc.edu or call 678-891-2555.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 25,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.