This past Valentine’s Day, Active Heroes held their second annual Valentine’s Day dinner for veterans at their Community Center in Louisville. A total of seven couples, veterans and their spouses, joined together for a small intimate event from 7 to 9 p.m. The meal was catered by Olive Garden and served by four volunteers. Each couple was served an appetizer, salad, bread sticks, their choice of a main entrée of either spaghetti and meatballs or chicken alfredo, and a variety of desserts. After a full course meal, the couples stuck around for a little bit of fun you don’t find in restaurants.
Attendees played The Shoe Game, a game most commonly played at weddings, but just as perfect for Valentine’s Day. Instead of playing with their shoes however, couples played with strips of paper. The host would ask a question such as “who is the better cook?” and each person would raise either the blue strip for male or yellow strip for female. If both partners held up the same color, that couple received a point. The experience not only allowed attendees to have a great time interacting with each other, but gave them the opportunity to forge new friendships.
“This was our second year hosting the event and we were pleased with the turn out. We wanted to serve our veterans and their spouses with a nice catered Valentines dinner. They have sacrificed a lot for us and this was just one small way to help make their Valentines a little more special,” said Jennifer Schneider, Director of Program Operations at Active Heroes. “We look forward to potentially moving the event to our Retreat Center next year where we can host more veterans and their spouses.”
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