(Washington, D.C.) – Michelle DellaFave and Lindsay Bloom, who performed with the Dingalings on the old Dean Martin TV show, will take part in several events at VVA’s biennial National Leadership Conference, which takes place July 16-19, in Greenville, South Carolina.
Performing together as Blue-Eyed Soul, DellaFave and Bloom will sing the National Anthem at the July 16 morning Opening Ceremonies. They will participate in the Mike Nash Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 17, and perform their show for the Conference of State Council Presidents on Friday, July 18. On Saturday night, July 19, they will sing at the Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Greenville, the site of the Leadership Conference.
In addition, VVA will officially recognize DellaFave and Bloom for their work with the USO during the Vietnam War and for their current-day volunteer performances at VA hospitals around the nation.
Michelle DellaFave also was part of the Golddiggers, a group of twelve young female singer-dancers who were members of the Bob Hope USO tours in Vietnam. She and Bloom, known to millions as Velda, Mike Hammer’s secretary on the popular CBS-TV series, recently were reunited to perform again after 35 years.
The Leadership Conference brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates from around the nation who will take part in four days of seminars, meetings, and other activities. VVA's supporting organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, will hold its biennial convention, and the Veterans of Modern Warfare (VMW) will have its founding National Convention concurrently with the Leadership Conference.