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During a recent Board of Directors meeting of the Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF), Inc., Chief Master Sergeant John Stewart, USAF, Retired, was presented with a Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated advocacy of the Foundation and tireless championing of veterans.  Left: John McGee, Vice President; Vicki Phillips, Secretary; Barb Mills, Director; Curt Ebitz, President; John Stewart, Awardee; Beth Medina, Director; Mike Sellars, Director; and Tom Sellars, Treasurer. 

The Citrus County Veterans Foundation, Inc. was presented the Geoff Greene Community Service Award by the Citrus County Republican Executive Committee, which is the governing body of the Republican Party of Citrus County.  The nonpartisan award was created by the Citrus County Republican Executive Committee and named for Geoffrey "Geoff" N.D. Greene, Citrus County's 12th Property Appraiser who unfortunately died in 2014, to remember and honor those individuals or organizations who, like Geoff Greene, go about doing good in the community behind the scenes regardless of their politics.

The Valued Veterans Golf Committee of The Inverness Moose Lodge 2112 presented a very generous donation of $5,000 from the proceeds of its recent golf tournament to the Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF) in support of its mission of providing grant financial assistance to honorably discharged veterans and their surviving spouses, residing in Citrus County. Left: Lodge tournament co-organizers Lon Frye and Kelly Halsey; CCVF President Curt Ebitz; Lodge member John Stewart.

The Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF), which provides grant assistance to honorably discharged veterans and their surviving spouses with urgent finance needs residing in Citrus County, presented a $1,000 donation to the Nature Coast Ministries Dental Clinic to support basic dental care for homeless or low income veterans. To date the CCVF has donated a total of $6,000 to the dental clinic. 1st row seated from left: Phillip Watson, Citrus County Veterans Service Office Manager & Liaison to the CCVF; J.J. Kenney, CCVF Director; Terri Harrison, CCVF Director; Bill Merryman, CCVF Director. 2nd row standing from left: Richard Hunt, CCVF Director; Vicki Phillips, CCVF Secretary; Bonnie McMullin, Nature Coast Ministries Director of Public Relations; Curt Ebitz, CCVF President; Tom Sellars, CCVF Treasure; Mike Sellars, CCVF Director; Cregg Dalton, CCVF Director. For more information and grant application, visit the CCVF website at citrusvf.org

Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF) Vice President, Major John McGee, U.S. Army, Retired, accepted a $4,000 donation from Digna Beckman, President of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), First Lutheran Church in Inverness.  The donated funds were raised in a huge rummage sale following hundreds of volunteer hours by LWML.  The  CCVF, a not-for-profit organization, was established in 2004 for the purpose of providing urgent financial assistance to local honorably discharged veterans and their surviving spouses with urgent financial needs. 

Members of Knights of Columbus Assembly 1547 presented a $3,000 donation to the Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF). The CCVF provides grant assistance to honorably discharged veterans or their surviving spouses living in Citrus County for short-term emergency expenses.  Pictured from left are: John McGee, CCVF Vice President; Richard Hunt, CCVF Director; Vicki Phillips, CCVF Secretary; John Uva, Faithful Navigator; Curt Ebitz, CCVF President; Les McGlothlin, Faithful Captain; Doug Hockenberry, CCVF Director; Barbara Mills, CCVF Director; and Mike Sellers, CCVF Director. 

Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF) Director Barbara Mills presented a plaque to Nick Nicholas, owner of Nick Nicholas Ford, in appreciation of his Hole-in-One sponsorship for the 17th Annual Citrus County Veterans Golf Tournament held at the Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club.  Left: Nick Nicholas and Barbara Mills. 

The Rotary Club of Sugarmill Woods donated $2,000 from its proceeds to the CCVF. 

Very clever decorations were used all around the Armory.

“Col. Potter” is determining if Jimmy T. has a heart after all. 

Curt “Colonel Potter” Ebitz and Mari-Elain “Hot Lips Houlihan” Ebitz represented the Citrus County Veterans Foundation at the MASH fund raising event.