The Waterloo American Legion Auxiliary is planning to celebrate the auxiliary’s 100th anniversary on Saturday, April 4 with a gala event.

A dinner and dance will be held starting at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Firemen’s Park, 500 N. Park Ave., Waterloo.

The social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner served from 6-7 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by Horse — Bill Bossingham from 7:30-11:30 p.m.

The program speaker will be 2nd District President of the Veterans Department of Wisconsin, along with testimony of veterans who experienced the Badger Honor Flight.

The dinner will be a choice of either chicken cordon bleu or sirloin tips with mushrooms, seven-layer salad, garlic mashed potatoes, California blend, rolls and cake.

Tickets are $30 per person or table of 10 for $270. There will be a cash bar with beer and wine.

The gala will be a fundraiser for the auxiliary’s local programs and Badger Honor Flight.

Advanced tickets only.

Tickets can be purchased during Saturday’s spaghetti and meat balls supper at the American Legion Hall on State Highway 89 from 4 to 7 p.m., or during the corn beef and cabbage meal to be served March 14, also at the legion hall.

The deadline for tickets is March 25. Cash or checks only for the tickets.

For more information or tickets, contact Deb Krueger at 920-366-0152.

There at 750,000 auxiliary members, who are wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, granddaughters, and descendants of veterans who served during times of war. Some of the members are veterans.

There are more than 8,000 local units that award $1.1 million in annual scholarships.

The auxiliary collects $2.5 million from distributing handmade poppies to benefit veterans’ programs.

Founded in 1919 during the first National Convention of The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary has grown to be the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization.

The auxiliary volunteers 5 million hours annually serving America’s veterans; contribute $22 million to support youth, scholarships, and communities; and contribute $2.6 million to programs benefitting children and youth.

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