Wounded Warriors to benefit from dinner

By Geoff Lee

April 20, 2017 12:00 AM

HIGH ENERGY Punch Drunk Cabaret will provide the entertainment at a fundraiser for Wounded Warriors Weekend to be hosted for the first time this summer in Lloydminster. The band members from left, Terry Sawbones Grant, Capt. Sean E. Watts and bandmeister Randy Bailer will perform at the Legion on April 29 with a dinner and live and silent auction included. SUBMITTED LLS PHOTO

Lloyd's first time hosting summer event

Lloydminster will be throwing a party this month to raise funds to host Wounded Warriors Weekend this summer.
Wounded Warriors Weekend, to be held for the first time in Lloydminster from July 27-31, will welcome veterans, reservists and first responders challenged by physical or mental wounds from military conflicts or duties.
Ryan Ference, second vice-president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 39 and an army reservist is rallying support for the Wounded Warriors fundraiser dinner and dance at the Legion on April 29.
“We are just starting to hit the ground running; we’ve got three short weeks to put it together,” he said on April 12.
“So we’re having a supper, a live and silent auction, a short program and live music ” he said.
Tickets are on sale for $50 a seat from Ference, the Legion and Pet Planet and everyone is invited.
“There’s going to be a lot of soldiers, so you can come and meet a soldier and say thanks ” said Ference who is hoping to sell all 170 tickets.
“We sold out last year for the first time and we’re looking for another sellout this year.”
Up until this year, the Wounded Warriors has been hosted in Nipawin Sask.
Lloydminster got the nod to host this summer’s Wounded Warriors event after being the top fundraising community, bringing in $24,500 each of the last two years.
The fundraiser will help to host about 100 wounded warriors from all over Canada and the United States who will stay at Lakeland College.
The event is an opportunity for Lloydminster to thank these warriors and let them know they are not alone and are appreciated.
“It’s life changing and life saving literally,” said Ference.
He said the Wounded Warriors organization has had feedback from people who were thinking of killing or harming themselves, but after attending the weekend and talking to like minded people have chosen to live.
“It just gives them a weekend to come and chill out and network and relax and do some fishing and golfing,” said Ference.
The tentative schedule of events will include a visit to a local farm, a fishing and golf excursion at Loon Lake, a tribute walk for the public around Bud Miller lake and a gala.
This year’s goal is to raise more than $25,000 at the dinner and dance to make all this happen locally.
“If we can do that in one night that will be pretty successful,” said Ference.
“It’s a huge financial cost.”
In late breaking news, Punch Drunk Cabaret will provide the entertainment at the Legion.
Ference spoke to the band about the booking when they played at The Root last September.
“To have him follow up on it was really cool,” said Randy Bailer, the band’s lead singer and guitar player who promises to put on an unforgettable show.
“It’s always high energy; that’s just something that we just really pride ourselves on.
“We bring a show; it’s punctuated throughout with parts that are designed to get the audience involved.”
Punch Drunk Cabaret includes bass player Terry “Sawbones” Grant and drummer, Captain Sean E. Watts with their unique musical style that Bailer defines.
“It’s a mix of rockabilly roots and our own signature steam punk swing,” he said.
The fundraiser will include a silent auction that Ference calls one of the best he’s ever been experienced based on the diversity of items.
“Most of the funds come from the silent auction,” he said noting they’ve had good support in the past from companies.

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