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Black tie gala benefits Augusta Warrior Project

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Hundreds in Augusta are having a ball on St. Patrick's Day and giving back to the community at the Inaugural Shamrocks for Soldiers event.

The gala, hosted by medical care company MedEx Associates will benefit the Augusta Warrior Project, an organization helping soldiers transition back into civilian life.

"It's meaningful on a couple of levels. One to get the word out. Two for the veterans to come out and really get more social," says Jim Lorraine, the Executive Director of the Augusta Warrior Project.

"When we first started I thought 'Oh what a great cause, but the more I got into it and the more I learned what the Augusta Warrior Project does for our local veterans it blows me away," says Casey Lowery, with MedEx.

Soldiers like wounded veteran William Word were invited to come to the ball, and were even given tuxedos to wear for the evening.

"It means a lot then where I was two years ago when you're living in a hospital and everything seems horrible and then you get out and you realize there is life after your injuries," says Word, who came to the event with his girlfriend. 

Food, music, games, and an auction all made the event a special one for the veterans, and for those involved.

"To be able to get back into something like this and just to be able to enjoy yourself in a nice environment does a lot of good for you," says Word. 

Fox54 is a proud sponsor of the Shamrocks for Soldiers event.

 

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