2nd Anniversary of Operation Enduring Gratitude by Lynette Carrington Evening of Gratitude to take place Saturday, May 14 at Pace Art Collective in ScottsdaleIn celebration of its second year, Operation Enduring Gratitude is celebrating with an “Evening of Gratitude” 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Pace Art Collective. It is located in the Scottsdale Airpark at 8340 E. Raintree Dr., #C4 in Scottsdale. The anniversary celebration will also operate as a fundraiser for the nonprofit, Operation Enduring Gratitude. “We have the food catered by Scratch Culinary,” states Charlie. “We’ll have food and drinks being served, live entertainment and poker tables for entertainment. We’ll have a silent auction and raffles.” Tickets are $25 at the door and veterans get in for free with ID. Register for the event here. There will also be veteran recipients of Operation Enduing Gratitude’s services that will be on hand to speak with event attendees. Right Toyota, Fairway Mortgage and Pane e Vino Restaurant, among many others, are all sponsors of the event. “Crescent Crown is donating the alcohol beverages,” states Charlie. As a military service member, Founder of Operation Enduring Gratitude Charlie Ellis has experienced first-hand the trials and tribulations of being in the service. He has also experienced camaraderie from his fellow servicemen and women that will stick with him for a lifetime. With 10 years in the Arizona Army National Guard, Ellis is devoted to country and to others. As a contractor in the West Valley, he would often see homes in his neighborhood that were in definite need of repairs and improvements and decided to do something about it. On veterans’ homes, Charlie orchestrates projects such as wheelchair ramp builds, badly needed repairs and entire extreme home makeovers.“We’re growing by leaps and bounds,” says Charlie of Operation Enduring Gratitude. “The scope of what we do is rebuilding houses for people.” There is always need for volunteers and donations of supplies and he is always looking for ways to involve building supply companies in the ongoing building endeavors of Operation Enduring Gratitude. For additional information about the Operation Enduring Gratitude or to find out how you can donate time, services or supplies, visit www.OperationEnduringGratitude.org. Another great way to get up-to-date information is through the Operation Enduring Gratitude Facebook page.