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The mission of the Veterans Breakfast Club is to create communities of listening around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history will never be forgotten. We believe that through our work, people will be educated, healed, and inspired.
The Veterans Breakfast Club is a non-religious, non-political 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- To create communities of listening around veterans and their stories.
- To promote veteran storytelling programs.
- To capture, preserve, and share veterans’ stories for future generations.
- To raise public awareness about the veteran experience.
The seed for the Veterans Breakfast Club was planted in November 2007, when Dan Cavanaugh, a co-founder of the VBC, volunteered as a bus captain on trips that take veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Dan’s father was a World War II veteran who, toward the end of his life, opened up to his son about his experiences of war. Finding much wisdom in the stories he heard on the bus, Dan hit upon the idea of hosting breakfasts where veterans could gather and share their stories with each other and anyone else who cared to listen.
When Todd DePastino, a professor and writer of history, took an interest in Dan’s project, the two of them founded a non-profit organization to host their storytelling events. Word spread, and more veterans flocked to the monthly breakfasts, anxious to tell their stories and bond with others who served their country, many of whom experienced the emotional trauma of war.
By 2010, the VBC had expanded to monthly events in four locations. As many as 200 attended the South Hills breakfast, and attendance at the other locations –Penn Hills, Moon Township, and North Hills – was rapidly increasing. In 2010, Dan Cavanaugh was nominated as a finalist for the Post-Gazette Community Champions Award for his work with the VBC.
In 2011, the VBC received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and expanded its programs to include region-wide events, such as the Veterans Day breakfast at Duquesne University which drew 600 attendees, and a special VBC trip to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
By early 2012, the VBC began recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of local veterans. Todd DePastino teamed up Kevin Farkas of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, and together they’ve conducted and recorded hundreds of long-form oral history interviews and live storytelling events.
Expanding to more than fifteen locations throughout Western Pennsylvania by 2015, the Veterans Breakfast Club currently hosts 30-40 storytelling events a year. In addition to the breakfasts, VBC publishes Veteran Voices: The Magazine of The Veterans Breakfast Club and co-hosts “Veteran Voices: The Podcast,” a monthly Internet broadcast discussing news, current events, and topical discussions with authors, filmmakers, artists, historians, and other storytellers of the veteran experience.
|Ray Amelio, President
Amber Spells (Treasurer)
Dana Del Bianco
Todd@veteransbreakfastclub.com | 412-623-9029
Lauren@veteransbreakfastclub.com | 412-623-9029
Director of Programs and Operations
Nick@veteransbreakfastclub.com | 412-623-9029
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