Editors, Vineyard Gazette;

We want to give a heartfelt thanks to Russ Curran, general manager of the MV Sharks for the team’s generous and huge embrace at the July 2 Sharks Game.

At Russ’s direction, the evening was dedicated to our Island veterans with a night of honoring, thanking and supporting the veterans with events benefiting the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services veterans outreach program.

Russ’s leadership as general manager was on full display that night. The Sharks could not have been more helpful in aiding our efforts at the silent auction and in their respect and generosity towards the veterans off the field.

It was clear to all that Russ’s message to the players is to give back to the community.

Thank you to all members of the Island community who donated their time and goods to the efforts. It was a great community night all around. We are so thankful to you all and always, to our veterans.

Thank you for your service.

Jane Chandler

Vineyard Haven

The writer is the owner of The Beach House in Vineyard Haven and a member of the Vineyard Veterans Adocate Group.