A few tickets remain available for Saturday’s casino night fundraiser for HeroHomes.
The all-volunteer organization based in Purcellville builds homes for wounded warriors. It will begin construction of its third home, near Hillsboro, this spring.
The Feb. 10 event at the Shadow Creek weddings and event center near Purcellville is co-sponsored by the Washington Redskins Alumni Association. The black-tie-optional program includes gambling with funny money, music, heavy d’oeuvres and fellowship, all to support the mission of HeroHomes.
The organization has built two homes, one in Purcellville and one in Round Hill, for service members wounded in combat. The Hillsboro home is being built for Sgt. William Slease and his family.
After joining the U.S. Army at age 19, Slease experienced his first combat action during Desert Spring as a M1A1 tank driver. He also served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Kuwait, Bosnia, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq. During Operation Enduring Freedom, his unit led the race to Baghdad and received a Presidential Citation in 2003. He served four deployments during an eight-year period.
During his final deployment he lost three close friends in succession. He has since been diagnosed with severe PTSD and chronic depression related to the loss of his friends in combat, as well as with a traumatic brain injury. He suffers from short-term memory loss and has a hard time with crowds. He also has had neck and shoulder surgery and will require additional surgeries. The Hillsboro home is planned as a quiet refuge for Slease and his wife of 17 years, Alice, and their young daughter, Maggie.
Saturday’s event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person/$250 per couple. Shadow Creek is located at 18090 Silcott Springs Road.
For tickets to the event and more information about HeroHomes and its mission, go to herohomesloudoun.org.