Scott donates 200K from inaugural gala to veterans

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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) Gov. Phil Scott says he's donating nearly $200,000 in proceeds from his inaugural gala to charities that support military members, veterans and their families.

The governor made the announcement Thursday in Essex Junction, presenting an award to the Vermont Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. They're using the money to buy a new bike that they will raffle off to raise money for veterans causes. The bike is expected to fetch $35,000.

"I really want to thank you for all you've done to protect us throughout the country and throughout the world. I thank you for your service, I thank the combat vets motorcycle association for the work you do and I hope this donation helps have a lasting impact on your work," said Scott, R-Vermont.

"There is nothing more dear to our hearts as members of the CDMA to help those veterans and veterans' families who are in need," said Kurt Merriman of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

Other proceeds from the gala will be going to the Vermont Army National Guard's military family programs, veterans' organizations and a project to honor those killed while in service.