Legacy looks after more than 200 widows and families in Port Stephens but this would not be possible with the support of other groups in the community such as the Torchbearers, RSL sub-branches, charitable individuals, businesses and schools.
To show its appreciation for those who have supported Port Stephens Legacy in the past year, the branch hosted an appreciation luncheon in Nelson Bay on November 15 to share its thanks.
"We invite those who donate money or in kind support to us from the past year to this luncheon to show our appreciation for their support," Port Stephens Legacy chairman Doug Jacka said.
"We look after over 220 widows across Nelson Bay to Lemon Tree Passage. We're now starting to look after widows from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars."
Mr Jacka presented flowers to the presidents of the Nelson Bay and Lemon Tree Passage Torchbearers, June Wilkinson and Carol Brindley. The groups raise money specifically for Port Stephens Legacy.
Students from Tomaree High School also attended the luncheon.
Mr Jacka said Legacy has a good relationship with the school. Students raise funds in Legacy week, the branch offers the Dux of the school a scholarship each year and the school makes its hall available to Legacy for its annual fundraising concert with the Newcastle Army Band.
Mr Jacka said it was "very important" to include students in Legacy's activities.
"They learn about the history of Legacy, what we do and can be part of its future," he said.
In attendance to the appreciation luncheon at Nelson Bay Bowling Club on November 15 was representatives from Nelson Bay and Tanilba Bay RSL sub-branches, the Legacy widows club, Harbourside Haven, Port Stephens Aged Care and Legatees.