'Raise The Roof' Benefit For Chatham VFW Nov. 11

By: Tim Wood

The Chatham VFW. FILE PHOTO

CHATHAM – Tickets are now available for the “Raise the Roof” dinner and dance to benefit the Chatham VFW on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The event will be held at the James-Brown-Buck VFW hall on George Ryder Road, with proceeds going toward the estimated $200,000 in repairs and upgrades needed by the facility.

“The VFW Post in Chatham is a living monument to veterans in Chatham and all Cape Cod,” said former chamber president Mike Giorgio of the Red Nun Bar and Grill, a sponsor of the event. “We value all that they have done and feel it is everyone's duty to help this organization continue on. It is our hope that we can generate interest and involvement in the community for the VFW in order to help this great organization flourish and continue on for the next 60 years and beyond.”

The chamber partnered with the VFW recently to help the Post boost its profile in the community and raise much-needed funds to make its facility more attractive for weddings and other events, which in turn helps support the VFW's veterans programs.

VFW Post 8607, known as the Brown James Buck Memorial Association, was named for three Chatham servicemen who gave their lives for their country. PFC Robert S. Brown, Tech/Sgt. Rowland W. James and PFC Robert F. Buck made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II.

The Post recently gained it nonprofit status so that it can accept tax-deductible donations, gifts and bequests. While the Post is working to meet some of its challenges, some are beyond its current means, including the need to connect to the town's sewer system, repairing a leaking roof and siding; and other improvements to the function hall.

The chamber has a long-standing relationship with the Post. Each year the lodging association holds a free drawing that honors the country's veterans by offering free stays at local inns during Veterans Day weekend. The “Honoring All Who Served” program is now in its fourth year. The “Raise the Roof” event is an extension of that relationship with veterans.

The event will include a buffet dinner including prime rib, baked fish and vegetarian entrees. Music will be provided by the Total Strangers, sponsored by the Red Nun and Chatham Cookware. The winners of the “Honoring All Who Served” promotion will be the evening's special guests.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the VFW or the chamber's Bassett House headquarters in South Chatham. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Donations to help the VFW can be sent to the Post at 150 George Ryder Rd., Chatham, and are tax deductible.

“We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Chatham's VFW Post 8607 and helping them however we can in the future,” said Scott Hamilton, the chamber's treasurer and events committee chair. “This building is a living memorial to the memory of all those Chatham veterans who served this country, and we are proud to be a part of it.”