who we are

We are a nonprofit charitable organization working to create opportunities for veterans to gather.


Based in Newburyport, Mass, the Veterans Legacy Initiative is a  501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.

Our organization was founded by Charlene Dolan in 2012 to give World War II veterans like her father, Charles Dolan, a regular opportunity to socialize.

Today we host ten luncheons annually, There are almost 1,000 World War II-era veterans across Essex County. All are welcomed to attend.

Each luncheon costs around $1,100. All of our funding is derived from the generous contributions of private individuals, local businesses and likeminded charities. Officers and Directors receive no compensation for their services. Every penny goes back into the luncheons.

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Kevin Hunt

Executive Director


331 High Street
Newburyport, Ma 01950


M-F 8:30a–4:00p
Sa Closed
Su Closed

what we do

We organize FREE monthly luncheons for veterans.  

Luncheons are open to World War II-era veterans and their guests. Luncheons take place on the third Tuesday of every month at the Hungry Traveler Restaurant in Salisbury, MA . Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. Approximately 70 veterans and their guests attend the luncheon each month. The luncheons are very popular, with some veterans traveling twenty miles. Comments like: “It’s the highlight of our month,” are common. 

If you are a World War II veteran interested in connecting with other area veterans, these lunches are a great way to do so. Each attendee receives a personal phone call each month asking if they will attend, but we strongly encourage attendees to RSVP by phone at 978 388-8136 or by email to: veterans@cityofnewburyport.com.  

why it matters

Food is fellowship.

When veterans share a meal, they gather not just for food, but for fellowship. They come to talk, to converse, to swap stories, to seek advice, to commiserate, to reminisce.

Veterans of all types attend: Silver Star honorees, a Merchant Marine Captain who was imprisoned by the Japanese and Germans, survivors of the Battle of the Bulge,  authors, photographers: a strong and varied gathering of the Greatest Generation. Local Girl Scouts provides cookies in individual baskets, sing-a-longs break out spontaneously, and trivia contests round out the activities every month. 

As the population of World War II-era veterans continues to dwindle, these gatherings play a key role in the social lives of an aging veteran population. Making sure these opportunities exist - and remain free - is our vital work.

How you can help

Support our work. 

When you make a gift, your contribution directly supports our mission to create and sustain free opportunities for veterans to gather. During each luncheon we pass a donation basket, which raises $200-$300. Unfortunately this does not cover the full cost of the event, which averages $1,100, and we rely on outside support to bridge the gap.

Your donation is 100% tax deductible and every penny we receive directly supports opportunities for veterans to gather. We do not pay for advertising or solicitation, relying exclusively on word-of-mouth among the veterans and our supporters. Officers and Directors receive no compensation for their services. 

A special thanks to The First Lieutenant Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund, The Newburyport Elks, the Newburyport DAV, the Institution for Savings, the Newburyport Bank, the Exchange Club, The American Legion, and the 101st Airborne - Massachusetts for their support. We also wish to thank the children of World War II veterans who have supported us.