Military Affairs Department chief to keynote annual Veterans Dinner

DOVER — Maj. Gen. Michael Berry, cabinet secretary of the Department of Military Affairs, will keynote the sixth annual Friends of Delaware Veterans Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino’s Rollins Center.

The annual black-tie optional fundraising dinner, hosted by the Friends of Delaware Veterans, is the primary event that benefits the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund. The affair, set to take place from 6 until 9 p.m., includes entertainment, a dinner and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for an 8-person sponsor table.
Under the auspices of the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Trust Fund assists veterans residing in Delaware with emergency financial aid. Its one-time hand up grants have prevented cutoff of utilities, repossessions, made emergency repairs to homes and sometimes put food on the table for veterans in need.

The Friends’ board is comprised of 11 military veterans who work pro bono in collaboration with the commission.

“We are honored to have Delaware’s top military leader as our guest,” said Dave Skocik, Friends president. “General Berry’s more than three decades of military service includes Afghanistan, where he was attached to the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He understands the challenges faced by those in uniform.”

Maj. Gen. Berry assumed his duties as Delaware’s Adjutant General on March 1, 2019. He is responsible for the mission readiness of all Delaware National Guard units, including more than 1,500 soldiers and 1,100 airmen for both federal and state missions.

Visit or call 302-257-3117 or email for information and reservations for the dinner.

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