Every June, Ron Gitkos, commander of the West Pittston American Legion, Post 542, 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo, utilizes West Side Auto service station he owns and operates on Wyoming Ave., West Pittston to host “Vettes for Vets.” All proceeds benefitted the Post.
The Corvettes began rolling in at 11:30 a.m. for a noon start to the event and eventually approximately 45 ‘Vettes were on display. For a slight entry fee, ‘Vette owners entered their car for the four-hour show.
Gitkos, a Vietman veteran, served in the Navy on the USS Saratoga from 1968 to 1972 with missions in the Mediterranean Sea and Vietnam, is a very proud Veteran that is eager to help in the quest to keep the Post he commands alive. “Each and every year, it gets harder and harder (to run the Post) with the older Vets passing away,” said Gitkos. “We are always looking for new blood.”
Simple, Gitkos has been a Corvette owner for many years and is a member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Corvette Club. Many of his fellow club members show support for the event.
“The event for ‘Vettes for Vets’ means an awful lot, being a Veteran myself,” said John Reese, a fellow member of the Corvette Club. “We are here to support the Veterans and the American Legion through our Corvette Club.”
Reese served in Vietnam from 1963-1967 with the U.S. Marines.
Joe Walsh, West Pittston, a Vet and a member of the Post 542, was grateful for all the help and support from all the participants. “It is a big fundraiser for us and we use the money to give out scholarships to Wyoming Area graduates as well as help with the local Boy Scouts organization,” Walsh said.
Food was provided free of charge by B3Q Smokehouse, West Pittston. S and L Productions provided the entertainment.