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An evening of learning and inspiration for Southern California veterans

Veterans in Orange County are better equipped to handle financial matters thanks to an ongoing effort involving several organizations.

September 22, 2015
Lisa Woolery
Lisa Woolery

Lisa Woolery is a communications advisor for Wells Fargo.

A hundred veterans in Southern California are better equipped to handle daily financial matters thanks to an ongoing effort involving several organizations.

Working Wardrobes VetNet, a national nonprofit serving the educational and employment readiness needs of military veterans, and the Wells Fargo team in Orange County worked together Aug. 30 on an event featuring learning and inspiration in Laguna Beach.

The local veterans and their guests started the evening with a special financial literacy class and dinner. Then, an additional 200 veterans and other invitees enjoyed a live production of “The Pursuit of Happiness,” this year’s “Pageant of the Masters” performance — depicting classical and contemporary works of art using performers made to look like the originals.

Each of the invitees had completed Working Wardrobes VetNet’s workforce readiness program or had worked with other veterans groups.

Lorenzo Romero of Wells Fargo greets vet Raymond Watson and guest Lucy Rua
The Wells Fargo Night for Veterans scene at the Tivoli Terrace Restaurant
Wells Fargo Night for Veterans organizers Meg Waters and Lisa Woolery
Jerri Rosen of Working Wardrobes VetNet and Sharon Ellis read the Wells Fargo Night for Veterans program
Soprano Amy Maldjian performs the national anthem at Wells Fargo Night for Veterans
Veterans stand during the special tribute to them during Wells Fargo Night for Veterans
Before the event, veteran Raymond Watson (left) and his guest, Lucy Rua, are greeted by Wells Fargo’s Lorenzo Romero, manager of the Dana Point banking store and a presenter at the financial literacy class.
The event took place at the Tivoli Terrace Restaurant on the grounds of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts venue.
Community volunteer Meg Waters (left) with Wells Fargo’s Lisa Woolery, who helped organize the event.
Jerri Rosen (left), CEO of the nonprofit Working Wardrobes VetNet, and guest Sharon Ellis read through the commemorative program.
Soprano Ami Maldjian performs the “Star Spangled Banner” for guests.
The pageant narrator dedicated the evening performance to those who had served in the military, and veterans stand to be recognized.
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