Heroes In Transition (HIT), the Mashpee nonprofit that supports service members and veterans and their families, will highlight its work at its 13th annual Fall Gala, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at The Coonamessett on Gifford Street in Falmouth.
The theme of this year’s event is “We Are Family,” celebrating the impact that HIT’s programs have on families through deployments, frequent relocations and emergencies that arise from military service.
“We often say that our staff, our board, our donors, our volunteers, our supporters, and those we serve are all one big family,” said HIT Executive Director Nicole Spencer. “This year’s Gala theme will focus on ways we take that compassionate approach to ensuring the entire military family unit has the support they need to overcome the unique challenges they face.”
HIT was formed following the death of Marine Captain Eric Jones, who was killed in a helicopter crash while flying a combat mission in Afghanistan in October 2009. His parents, Cyndy and the late Kenneth Jones, formed HIT as a way to honor their son’s life, service, and commitment to his fellow troops. HIT does this through 10 separate programs that include spring and fall Couples Retreats; equine therapy for military families as well as veterans; PTSD service dogs; financial assistance; separate bimonthly outings for military families, military spouses, military couples, and veterans and service members; and Reboot, a program for female service members, veterans, and military spouses.
HIT is seeking volunteers and sponsors for the gala, as well as auction items.
Donations to the Fall Gala can be made at www.HITFallGala.org.
Tickets to the Fall Gala will be available for purchase later this month.
“The Fall Gala raises critical funds that makes HIT’s work possible,” said Fall Gala Committee Co-Chair Sarah Daley. “The more funds that are raised, the more service members, veterans, and military families HIT can help. The success of the organization is dependent on events like this and the generosity of our community.”
This is the second straight year that Daley is co-chairing the event with fellow HIT Board Member Kristen Boyd.
Sponsors to date for the Fall Gala are the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, Cape Cod Retractable, the Law Office of Laura Sullivan, and Chapman Funerals & Cremations as well as HIT’s Community Partners Cape Cod 5 and The Lobster Trap.