Virtual Veterans Day Dinner 2020

Join us for our live virtual event on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:15pm.

Event Schedule

Watch the video

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We reached our goal!

This year's Veterans Day Dinner will raise funds for our emergency response to COVID-19 and help cover the enormous costs we've incurred keeping our veterans and staff safe. Thank you for helping us reach our goal of $300,000!

Text to Give

Text VDD2020 to 50155 before or during the event. Donations made during the Fund-a-Need portion of the evening will be live-streamed.

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Amplify your gift by sharing on social media and tagging @vetshelpingvets and using #vdd2020.  

Peer-to-peer fundraising

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Evening Schedule

Virtual Live Program


Pre-Event Show


Live Virtual Program

Greeting from Michael Blecker

Executive Director  

Interview with Community Hero Honoree,
Craig Newmark

by Carol Wilder

Remarks from Tramecia Garner

Chief Operating Officer

Profiles of Courage: Response from the Frontlines featuring

Gabriel Iturbe
Air Force and Army veteran, Community Counselor  

Dennis Johnson
Army veteran, Outreach Coordinator

Ana-Marie Urbieta
Army veteran, Safe Haven Transitional Housing Program Manager  

Keynote Address from the Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Profiles of Courage: Addressing Mental Health & Spreading Joy during pandemic  

Bilal Mustafa
Navy veteran, Community Organizer

Fund-a-Need with Del Seymour

2013 Profiles of Courage Honoree and “Mayor of the Tenderloin


Profiles of Courage
Swords to Plowshares Frontline Staff

This year, we shift from our tradition of honoring a veteran client with the Profiles of Courage Award. Instead, we celebrate our own frontline staff who stayed focused on our mission of healing the wounds of war for the most vulnerable veterans among us. Staff remain flexible and fluid during this unprecedented pandemic. As you know, our motto is vets helping vets, and many of our frontline staff workers are veterans themselves. We hope these stories about our staff and the stories they share about the veterans they serve will inspire you and give you hope during this difficult time. Please send a hearty round of applause to these dedicated frontline workers.



Our 2020 Sponsors

Changemaker SPONSORS
sustainer SPONSORS
sustainer SPONSORS - individuals & Households
Paul Cox & Margo Schueler
Michael Thiel & Marcie Vu
advocate SPONSORS
advocate SPONSORS - individuals & Households
Michael & Carol Blecker
Beverley Mills & Townsend Walker
friend sponsors- individuals & Households
Kate Richardson & Christopher Crowley
Douglas & Terry Young
Dianne Paulson
Carol Wilder
Bob & Yvette Trevorrow