Christmas Comes Early for Three Local Female War Veterans and Their Families

Home Ownership Granted to 3 Female Veterans Courtesy of the Village of Islandia and Creation Equity

Pictured (left to right): Village Deputy Mayor Tom Annicaro and Trustee Victor Montanez III, Col. Francis S. Midura Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #12144 Quartermaster Ray Rusielewicz and Past Commander Raymond Bush, Creation Equity Vice President Luke Georgiadis and Founder Bob Agahi, Doug Pandolf, local war veterans Melissa Pandolf (Mr. Pandolf’s wife), Sabrina Lacy and Catherine Doherty, Ms. Doherty’s husband Jim Doherty, Mayor Allan M. Dorman, VFW Post #12144 Commandant Vincent “Buddy” Dekeris, former Suffolk County Veterans Service Director Tom Ronayne and current Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency Director Marcelle Leis.

On December 20, the Village of Islandia and Creation Equity transferred the keys and deeds to three female war veterans — Melissa Pandolf, Sabrina Lacy and Catherine Doherty — and their families at a special ceremony that took place at the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 in Islandia.

The selection of who would receive these homes was based on the need for the often overlooked community of female veterans. Creation Equity donated and rehabilitated these properties.

“These veterans served our country and I’m pleased that we were able to work with Creation Equity to thank them for their service and have a positive impact on their lives,” Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, said. “We would like to thank Creation Equity for their assistance in providing these veterans a home, just in time for Christmas.”


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