8th Annual SVAUM Benefit Dinner
$35 – $120
8th Annual SVAUM Benefit Dinner

8th Annual SVAUM Benefit Dinner

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Rogel Ballroom in the Michigan Union

530 S. State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Keynote Speaker: Matt Gallagher - American author, former U.S. Army Captain and Iraq War Veteran

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation

The Student Veterans of America at the University of Michigan cordially invite you to our 8th Annual Benefit Dinner. This year we're hosting Matt Gallagher author of Youngblood featured in Esquire, the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post, and more. All proceeds will go to the The Washtenaw Veteran Treatment Court and Veteran Community Action Team Region 9.




Timeline:

  • Private V.I.P. Cocktail Hour (cash bar): 5:00-6:00 PM

  • General Cocktail Hour (cash bar): 6:00-7:00 PM

  • Dinner and Speakers: 7:00 PM

  • Silent Auction Throughout




Dinner Options

  • Steak - 10 oz New York Strip prepared with a Bordelaise sauce
  • Chicken - Bourbon marinated chicken breast grilled and topped with bourbon-soaked cherries
  • Fish - Maple salmon with a tamari glaze
  • Vegetarian - Portobello-stuffed ravioli finished with a savory roasted shallot and morel mushroom béchamel

*Email studentveterans@umich.edu for any special dietary requests




Ticket Options

Early Registration (until Dec 18):

  • Student Veterans: $35
  • General Admission: $60
  • VIP: $120 (Sponsor a veteran with financial need and Private VIP cocktail hour (cash bar) from 5-6 PM with guest speakers)

Registration (after Dec 18):

  • Student Veterans: $35
  • General Admission: $75
  • VIP: $150 (Sponsor a veteran with financial need and Private VIP cocktail hour (cash bar) from 5-6 PM with guest speakers)

All Ticket Sales End Jan 18




About Matt Gallagher:


Matt Gallagher is the author of the novel Youngblood, published in February 2016 by Atria/​Simon & Schuster. Reviewing for The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani wrote of Youngblood, "On one level, the novel is a parable - with overtones of Graham Greene's The Quiet American - about the United States and Iraq and the still unfurling consequences of the war ... Mr. Gallagher has a keen reportorial eye, a distinctive voice and an instinctive sympathy for the people he is writing about ... [This] is an urgent and deeply moving novel."

A former U.S. Army captain, Matt's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily and Playboy, among other places. He's also the author of the Iraq memoir Kaboom and coeditor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. In 2015, Gallagher was featured in Vanity Fair as one of the voices of a new generation of American war literature. Among other media, he's appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning and NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Matt also holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn and works as a writing instructor at Words After War, a literary nonprofit devoted to bringing veterans and civilians together to study conflict literature.




Proceeds Go To:

The Washtenaw Veteran Treatment Court

Veterans Treatment Court is a non-adversarial, post-sentencing, and problem-solving program that works toward helping justice involved veterans. Eligible non-violent veteran defendants are diverted from a traditional criminal justice track to a treatment based approach. Veterans Treatment Court helps participants access additional resources that might not be available in traditional criminal courts. Furthermore, it creates a supportive community among the veteran participants.

Veteran Community Action Team Region 9
VCAT's main mission is to help connect veterans with any and all resources that are available. The largest problem facing most veterans has been finding which organization can help them with their specific needs. VCAT has gathered all local and national resources to effectively service all veterans for every problem within each region. Not only that, VCAT has broken down communication barriers between these veteran organizations by being a central point for all these resources.



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