February 22, 2009
For Immediate Release

Contact: Julia Bey Ahmet
(973) 463-9600, ext. 303

Author Hosts February 22nd Fundraiser To Benefit Homeless Veterans

Author Todd Smith presents an autographed copy of his new novel, “I Pledge Allegiance”, to Community Hope Executive Director J. Michael Armstrong. Smith is donating the proceeds from the February 22nd book signing event to Community Hope’s Hope for Veterans Program.
Verona native Todd Smith, author of the newly released novel, I Pledge Allegiance, will be donating proceeds of a special fund raising event on Sunday, February 22, 2009 to benefit the homeless veterans at Community Hope’s Hope for Veterans Program.

Smith authored the book to raise awareness of the problem and help raise funds for a charity that benefits the homeless veteran population.

The fundraiser will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Artistic Illuminations, 544 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. The event includes live music and hors d'oeuvres. Attendees will receive an autographed copy of Smith’s novel, included in the $40 ticket price

Executive Director J. Michael Armstrong thanked Smith “for dedicating the proceeds of this event to benefit the homeless veterans in our Hope for Veterans Program, and for helping to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness among those who have served our country.”

Smith’s novel traces a fictional character’s journey from the Viet Nam War back to the U.S., as he slips through the cracks of the system, ending up homeless on the streets of Washington DC. The novel has received a 5 star review and the author was recently featured on the front page of the Daily Record and will appear in the February issue of New Jersey Business magazine.

Tickets for the February 22 fundraiser are available by emailing and placing in the subject heading February 22 Event; the author’s website (, or at Artistic Illuminations, 544 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Space is limited.

Proceeds will go to Community Hope’s 95-bed transitional housing program for homeless veterans. Since the program opened in 2004, the Hope for Veterans Program has helped more than 250 veterans overcome poverty and despair.

More information on the novel and the author, including where to purchase the book, can be found at

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