Driving down Derby Avenue a few weeks ago, one might have had the urge to “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” near the Catholic War Veterans’ parking lot.
A country band, Harms Way, was playing to a full parking lot of attendees enjoying the music, line dancing, eating good food — all for a good cause.
“Every year we raise money to donate to veteran organizations in financial need. This year the funds will go to Bridgeport’s Homes for the Brave,” said Jennifer Van Etten, chairman. “This is a truly worthy cause where our [CWV Post 1562] veterans can make a difference.”
This year, Van Etten was proud to announce that a combined total of $2,800 was donated to this worthy cause helping women veterans and their children.
“The dancing, the food, the band, the raffle – everyone that supported our event has made a difference in the life of a needy veteran,” said Tom Voytek, commander.
A number of Catholic War Veteran members donated food for the event including highlights from Grumpy Hogg BBQ; along with raffle items from various businesses and individuals throughout the community. Also, the Renegade Knights donated numerous services making the day a success.
The Derby Elks Lodge 571 did their share to helping this worthy event by donating $500 to the funds.
“We always try to make a difference in helping others,” said Jerry Coolidge, exalted ruler, “this includes helping other fundraising efforts in our community.”
PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home, as part of Homes for the Brave, is located in Bridgeport. It is a 15-bed house for women veterans and their children assisting them to transition back into the community.