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White Plains Fundraiser Benefits Disabled Veterans

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Mitch Serlin and the Hope for Heroes Foundation will hold an event Sunday at the Rec Room in White Plains to help fund a handicapped-accessible hunting and fishing lodge for disabled veterans in Westchester.

Serlin, a retired county police officer and former U.S. Army 101 Airborne scout sniper, founded Hope for Heroes in 2010 to provide outdoor experiences for U.S. military veterans who have lost limbs, been blinded and suffered a range of other life-changing injuries while serving their country.

"The foundation’s goal is to purchase land and construct a 'green' lodge centrally located in our county that is specially designed to meet the needs of our disabled heroes and their family members or caregivers,” Serlin said in a statement. "Hope For Heroes services will be provided at no cost to the heroes visiting our lodge."

With the 1,000-acre facility, the foundation could give disabled veterans the opportunity to hunt, fish and do other outdoor activities. It would also allow the foundation to raise service dogs for the disabled, the statement said. While he was a member of the county police department, Serlin's canine partner was a bloodhound named Gracie.

The lodge would feature handicapped accessible rooms: four rooms would be designed for ambulatory people and four for non-ambulatory. From 6 to 10 percent of the land would be dedicated to habitat enhancement, such as food plots, sanctuaries, fawning areas, bedding areas, brooding areas and cover necessary to keep the deer, turkey and other game on the property.

The property would have a range where guests can practice or check the accuracy of their weapons while at the lodge.

Admission for Sunday's event is $25, and there will be a cash bar, raffles and music. Shileagh Law will perform at 1 p.m., followed by Jameson’s Revenge at 4 p.m. The Rec Room is located at 201 East Post Road.

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