Carrington Associates Represent CCF at HVAF’s Operation Alpha Gathering

November 17, 2022

The Helping Veterans And Families (HVAF) gathering on November 11, 2022, is billed as the “Biggest, Bestest” Veterans Day Party in the state, and Carrington Associates were there. The Carrington Late Stage management team in Westfield, IN, (shown above, left to right: Jhonatan Hernandez, Chrissy Green, Tamera Hanes, Bernadette Harrison, Chad Lancaster, Carolina Reyes and Josafat Gonzalez) attended Operation Alpha 2022 – a benefit fundraiser on Friday, November 11, 2022 – on behalf of the Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF). 

Founded by disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran Travis Barnes, Operation Alpha was created in 2014 as a way to raise funds for the nonprofit Helping Veterans and Families (HVAF) operations, programs and services. The holiday season is all about giving, and CCF is once again honored to do its part by partnering with HVAF to give back to the communities where we work. 

The partnership with HVAF dates back to two years ago, when Tamera Hanes, Specialist, Late Stage Collections, Team Lead for CMS in Westfield, IN, was tasked with researching and recommending a few charities for Carrington’s Late Stage Collections management to partner with during the holidays. 

“Being raised on Air Force Bases worldwide, I immediately thought of our Veterans and their families,” says Tamera. “I reached out to a friend whose husband was voluntarily living on the streets of Indianapolis because he came home from the Army with uncontrollable violence due to a traumatic brain injury. She explained how HVAF was helping to feed, clothe and keep her Veteran husband safe on the streets. I knew we could help!” 

HVAF of Indiana houses, supports and advocates for all Veterans and their families to help them achieve the best possible quality of life. Started in 1993, the organization serves Veterans and their families through many programs and services, including: housing, case management, employment, food and clothing pantries and more. And Operation Alpha serves HVAF by providing much-needed funding for the organization. 

For this year’s event, a cash donation goal was set at $35,000 to honor the 35 percent reduction in homelessness of Veterans in Indiana in 2021. Not only was this goal met and exceeded within a matter of minutes, the 350 people who attended the event helped raise $125,000 through sponsorships, donations and ticket sales. 

“For our team, it was an honor to attend this fundraising event because as soon as we walked in we understood that this event was bigger than any individual in the venue,” says Jhonatan Hernandez, Manager, Late Stage Collections for CMS in Westfield, IN. “From Veterans and Active Service Members in their fatigues and Calvary Stetsons to civilians, we all came together to celebrate one cause: Help raise funds for Veterans and military families.” 

Want to get involved and make it your mission to end Veteran homelessness? You can help make the holiday season brighter by donating to HVAF here.