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Local ice skaters to raise money for injured vets

GREENFIELD — Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors will gather tonight at Taylor’s Tavern to raise money for wounded and injured veterans.

According to the nonprofit’s founder and president Kerry Togneri, Ice Stars — based out of Turners Falls and Amherst and consisting of elite ice skaters, Civil Service hockey teams, Olympians and youth organizations — will hold a holiday party, complete with a visit from Santa, to raise money for wounded and injured veterans and their families.

The event will take place at Taylor’s from 9 to closing tonight, with DJ Rodney Herzig providing music.

Togneri said raffles will be held and all proceeds raised that night will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and to the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Boston Program, both of which provide help to injured veterans and their families.

Togneri, whose son was injured while serving his country, said the Wounded Warrior Project, which was founded after Sept. 11, 2001, helps thousand of injured veterans returning from the battlefield. The project also provides assistance to their families.

She said the Home Base Program is a free service to veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffered traumatic brain injuries, combat-related stress, or was affected in some other adverse way.

Home Base provides clinical support and other support services to those injured veterans and their families.

Togneri said Cooley Dickinson Hospital is now a satellite location for Home Base Boston for the convenience of local veterans.

Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors holds a variety of events to raise money for veterans each year. It holds an annual celebration at the end of every April.

For more information about Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors, visit: www.icestarsforwoundedwarriors.weebly.com.

For information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

For information on the Home Base Boston Program, visit: www.homebaseprogram.org.

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