Holyoke Soldiers’ Home receiving $50K donation

Veterans have lived at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home since 1952.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Patriotic organization called Victory 4 Veterans has raised $50,000 for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. The fundraising began last May when 1,000 bikers visited the Soldiers’ Home. Then they set out across western Massachusetts on their money-raising venture.

On Thursday, Victory 4 Veterans President Ryan Flannery presented the check to Solders’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh. “This gives us so much opportunity to help our veterans and their families,” Superintendent Walsh said. “It’s inspiring and shows the generosity of those who presented it to us.”

“It’s pretty amazing to be able to spend time here and visit with the folks who actually live here. It’s really great for everybody.”

Many hundreds of bikers will embark on a similar fundraising journey to the Soldiers’ Home next year. Soldiers’ Home residents will welcome the bikers back on Armed Forces Day, Sunday, May 21st, 2017. “It’s pretty amazing to be able to spend time here and visit with the folks who actually live here,” Flannery told 22News. “It’s really great for everybody.”