Lori Eaton, who wears many hats at the Tri-City Elks in Warwick, knows first hand – perhaps even more than the average citizen – just how important it is to help stamp out homelessness among veterans.
Eaton serves as Veterans Chairman at Lodge 14 as well as a State Veterans Representative for the Rhode Island Elks and is involved in a number of veterans related projects including clothing drives at the Providence VA Hospital and RI Veterans Home in Bristol.
“Helping veterans – especially those that are homeless – is an on-going credo here at the Tri-City Elks,” Eaton, a past Exalted Ruler, said. “We don’t like that there are still homeless veterans, so we’re always looking for new fund-raising ideas that will reduce that fact and eventually eliminate what is an awful thought.”
Thus, for the second time in as many years, Eaton and the ever-increasing membership at Lodge 14, has again teamed up with the Mother Bogart Band for an event talented musicians like Angelo Manni will host to combat homelessness among veterans.
“Tickets are only $20 per person,” Eaton and Manni announced during a meeting earlier this week. “There’s room for a huge crowd here at the Tri-city Elks so please, come out Saturday and enjoy music from two bands as well as fantastic food by Black Dog BBQ.”
The unique and unmatched event will be held this Saturday – August 10 – at Rossi Park, which is located in the back of Lodge 14 at 1915 West Shore Road and will get underway at 4 p.m.
Ironically, the co-host Mother Bogart Band – which Manni said hasn’t played its usually busy seasonal schedule but whose members are bent on reducing homelessness among veterans – will be joined by HouseFire, a local band that also features many talented musicians.
“HouseFire will begin the program at 4 o’clock,” said Manni, who is the lead singer for Mother Bogart. Last year’s event raised $5,500. “We’ll be going on after that and feature a special guests singer, Scott DeLory, who was formerly with our band.”
When DeLory joins Manni at the microphone and members Peter Barth on base, guitarists Dave Smith and Chris Carlow, keyboard player Thomas Capella, drummer Rich Morra and harmonica man Loren Lundblad Saturday – there will be some emotional moments, especially from members of the Tri-City Elks.
That’s because Scott’s father – the late Albert “Cookie” DeLory – who recently passed away after an illness and is sorely missed by all members of Lodge 14 where he helped made many outstanding contributions and improvements and served as a life-saver of sorts for the one-time financially troubled but now highly-successful Tri-City Lodge.
“Cookie made many, many and outstanding contributions to our lodge,” Eaton wanted it known. “We miss him dearly; if he were still alive, he’d be right in the middle of this necessary fund-raiser.”
Ah, a fund-raiser featuring two bands, Chef Rob DeReamer’s award-winning Black Dog barbecue food that was a huge hit a year ago, drinks being available at the Patrick & Gayle Conley Tiki Bar, a variety of raffles and a 50/50 drawing that Eaton, Manni and everyone at Lodge 14 hopes will be overflowing with people who want to stamp out homelessness among our veterans.