5/6/24 – Veterans Suicide Prevention Team Presentation

VA S.A.V.E. is a 1-hour program being provided by the Altoona VA Medical Center Suicide Prevention Team to Veterans, Veteran Caregivers, friends/relatives of Veterans and those who server Veterans in our Communities.

Across America, the annual rate of Veteran suicides is 17-22 per day (6,000 per year).  The rate of suicide for Veterans is over 50% higher than for non-veterans.

Come... hear from professional suicide case workers about how

For more information about this event, please contact Legionnaire Bob Booz.

Event Details

Monday, May 6th, 2024 - 7:00PM
Hosted by: American Legion Post 779
2928 Penns Valley Pike
Centre Hall, PA 16828
(Light refreshments will be served)

Presentation Highlights

- Brief overview of suicide in the Veteran population

- Suicide myths and misinformation

- Risk factors for suicide, protective factors

- S.A.V.E. model (Signs of suicide, asking about suicide, validating feelings, encouraging help and expediting treatment)

Mr. Sticky’s @ the Centre Hall Legion — April 24-27

Calling all Mr. Sticky's lovers!
Post 779 is delighted to host the Mr. Sticky's trailer in the northeast corner of our rear parking lot April 24-27, 2024.  They will be taking orders and selling your favorite sweet treats from 7:30AM to 3:00PM each of these four days.
If you would like to place a large order to be available for pickup, please call ahead to (570) 494-6597.  For more information, be sure to follow Mr. Sticky's on Facebook, or visit their website by CLICKING HERE.
Be sure to tell all of your friends, family and co-workers!  We hope to see you here!


2024 Auxiliary Cash Bingo

Auxiliary Unit 779 is hosting their annual Cash Bingo event on Sunday, April 21st, 2024.  Doors open at 12:30PM and Bingo begins at 2:00PM.  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase during the event, and small games of chance tickets will be sold throughout the event.
Only 125 tickets will be sold for this event, and they will go quickly!  Tickets will be sold for $20 pre-sale, and remaining tickets will be sold for $25 at the door.  You MUST have your ticket to enter the day of the event!
Please see a member of the Auxiliary to purchase your ticket today!


2024 State Police Youth Week

The Elmer Hafer American Legion State Police National Guard Youth Camp brings together the PA National Guard, the American Legion and the State Police to give students firsthand experience in many areas of law enforcement and the military.  This program enhances leadership skills, discipline and self-esteem to morally, intellectually and physically prepare cadets as future leaders.  The event is hosted at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA.
More information can be found by visiting the PA Legion website.
Post 779 is sponsoring up to three students for the State Police Youth Week, June 9th-15th.
To apply, please contact Post Adjutant Hilda Putnam.


2024 Dean B. Ripka Scholarship

Post 779 annually awards a $4,000 scholarship to a deserving Penns Valley High School Senior in memory of Dean B. Ripka.

Priority is given to children of Legionnaires of Post 779.

Second priority to grandchildren of Legionnaires.

In the absence of neither, the Post will select a worthy candidate.

To apply, please submit a well-written letter to the Post Commander explaining eligibility, your school plans and why Post 779 should choose you for this scholarship.
Hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.  Letter MUST be postmarked by April 5th, 2024 and mailed to:
American Legion Post 779
PO Box 429
Centre Hall, PA 16828

2024 SAL Cash Party

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 779 will be hosting it's annual Cash Party ($10,000 Giveaway) on Saturday, October 12th, 2024.  Doors open at noon, and the event will run from 1-6PM.  $250 prizes will be drawn every 15 minutes.  $500 prizes on the hour.  The last hour, prizes of $500, $1000, $1500 and $2000 will be drawn leading up to the end of the event.  Tickets are available now at the Club for $50.
Plenty of food will be available, and a selection of beverages included in ticket purchase.  Small games of chance will take place throughout the event.  A Lucky Chance Auction will also be held, with winner pulled during the last 90 minutes of the event.  All proceeds benefit local Youth, Veterans and our Community!  We hope to see you there!
Must have ticket and be 21+ w/ valid ID to enter day of event!