What is a Stand
Down and what is the Concert for?
Dear Veteran & Military
The SAM Center is
hosting United We Stand for Veterans on June 24,
2017, at the Foltz Center in East Canton. The
dinner and concert will feature Country
Americana Artist Ricky Lee. This is our first
internal fundraiser and all monies raised from
this event will be used to host a veterans’
stand-down and resource fair.
We are in the process of
collecting fabulous items and services for the
silent and live auctions. This is where you can
make the event a success. By donating an item,
service or cash you will be making a tax
deductible contribution to the SAM Center, an
all-volunteer nonprofit that assists veterans,
widows and service members in our community.
The funds raised will
allow us to host a Veterans’ Stand-down and
Resource Fair on November 2 at the Canton Civic
Center. This will be the first Veterans’ Stand
Down in Stark County and we anticipate assisting
more than 500 veterans during this one day.
Stark County has 28,000 veterans and 6,000 live
below the poverty line. Those veterans qualify
for VA healthcare and possibly pension benefits.
According to a 2011 VA report, only 50 percent
of veterans are aware of their benefits and 50
percent do not know if they qualify.
Your business will
benefit from exposure to those who attend the
event. Donors will be listed in the program and
online. This is your opportunity to make a
difference in the lives of our local military
families. Thank you in advance for your
consideration and support.
The SAM Center was
founded in 2015. We are a community of believers
that seek to show our local veterans the
community’s love and appreciation. The SAM
Center is a 100% volunteer organization. In
2016, our first full year, we accomplished the
- Served more than
500 through a free commissary for veterans,
widows and service members
- Provided 40 lodging
kits to homeless veterans transitioning to
- Presented 29 Quilts
of Love to widows and service members
needing to feel the community’s love
- Provided full
Thanksgiving Feasts to 223 veteran families
- Assisted 283
individuals Christmas through presents or
- An additional 34
families were provided a full Christmas
- Our volunteers
donated 4,443 hours of service.