Department & Division News

Gratitude Dinners

Gratitude Dinners provide a much needed, much deserved night out for severely injured troops recovering at the Walter Reed Army Medical CenterNational Naval Medical Center, the Fisher House, and the Mologne House. The dinners provide these courageous men and women with an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company away from the confines of the hospital, where some will remain for over a year. The outings play a significant role in their recovery and rehabilitation. For the family members who are standing vigil, the dinners provide a chance to relax a bit, allowing them to recharge as care givers.

The dinners are hosted on Friday night at various restaurants in Washington, DC through the Aleethia Foundation. Approximately 60 wounded soldiers usually attend.

The dinners include a cocktail hour, a full-course dinner, dessert, a reception and an open bar. To add to the festivities, APWU often presents token gift bags to each of the attending troops and provides some great give-away items to serve as door prizes for the troops.

The cost to host a dinner averages between $3600 and $4500. If you would like to show your appreciation, make your donation payable to APWU Gratitude Dinners. We generally accumulate donations throughout the year in order to host these dinners. However, APWU organizations are invited to host their own dinners. (Special thanks to APWU Vermont State and locals for hosting their own Gratitude Dinner.)