Children of the American Revolution Hold a Teddy Bear Tea Fundraiser

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PAOLI, PA — The Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) held a Teddy Bear Tea fundraiser on Sunday with the Jeptha Abbott DAR and Great Valley DAR at Historic Waynesborough, Paoli, PA. The purpose of the event was to support Historic Waynesborough, Paoli, and the Edison 64 Veterans Community, Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania C.A.R.’s state project is “Homes for History’s Heroes.” C.A.R. is focusing on preserving our history–past, present, and future, by partnering with Historic Waynesborough in Paoli and the Veterans Multi-Service Center in Philadelphia.

By supporting Historic Waynesborough, the C.A.R. is focusing on supporting heroes of our country’s past. Waynesborough is a Georgian-style home built by General Anthony Wayne during the American Revolution. Its goal is to promote the historical importance of Major General Anthony Wayne and his home through education and special events. The C.A.R. is raising funds to purchase historically authentic trees to plant on the property.

By supporting the Edison 64 Veterans Multi Service Center, the C.A.R. is focusing on supporting heroes of our present and future. Thomas Edison High School is located in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia.  This school experienced 64 deaths during the Vietnam War, which was more than any other high school in America. When the high school went out of business, the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC), Philadelphia, decided to have the old high school converted into a housing site for homeless veterans and called it “Edison 64.” The “Edison 64” Veterans Community was developed to pay tribute to the heroes who commit their lives to serving our country. It consists of a Veterans Multi Service Center (VMC) in the converted high school and offers housing for homeless veterans and services for their families. PA C.A.R. is partnering with the VMC to purchase equipment for a new computer lab for the Edison 64 Veterans Community.

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The tea was organized by William Gresh, PA State President, C.A.R., Paoli; Jacob McNelly, President, General Anthony Wayne Society, C.A.R., Collegeville; Lisa Gresh, PA State First Vice President, PA C.A.R. and Chaplain, Jeptha Abbott DAR, Paoli; Teri Fischer, Regent, Jeptha Abbott DAR, Stone Harbor, NJ; and Lynn O’Brien, Regent, Great Valley DAR, Phoenixville.

Several members of the Jeptha Abbott and Great Valley DAR and their volunteers served as table hostesses, including Jeptha Abbott Regent Teri Fischer, Chaplain Lisa Gresh, First Vice Regent Amanda Quinn, Second Vice Regent Karen Franks Zetterberg, Deborah Firth, Christie McNelly, and Gail Nanjo and Jodi Bergman from the Great Valley DAR.

At the event, William Gresh was awarded the DAR Youth Citizenship Award for his hard work and leadership through the C.A.R. and in his community. This award is given to someone in grades five through 12 who best exemplifies the qualities of honor, service, courage, and leadership in his community.

For more information on supporting the “Homes for History’s Heroes” project organized by William and the other children of the C.A.R., go to: And if you have children or grandchildren who might be interested in the C.A.R., visit the national website for chapters near you:

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