Three popular area bands performed on Saturday, January 19, 2019, as the feature of a benefit for the Danielson Veterans Coffee House. The program was a complete success and took place at The Raceway Restaurant in Thompson. This was put on by The Real Wives of Windham County.
The evening highlighted the ageless “Great Garage Band Reunion,” the popular “Ed Peabody and The Big Blue Thang” and the well-known “Billy Pilgrim Band.” The bands donated their time and worked in concert with The Real Wives of Windham County in support of the efforts of the Danielson Veterans Coffee House.
“Our group attempts to put on a benefit for a cause each year. This year is the 3rd year we’ve focused on the Danielson Veterans Coffee House to assist them in their quest to support and provide help to the veterans of Northeastern Connecticut and surrounding areas,” said Wendy Warren-Cudworth, President of The Real Wives of Windham County.
Warren-Cudworth and her group have garnered the support of The Gilman & Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory, who stepped up as the evening’s Gold Sponsor. In 2019 The Gilman & Valade Funeral Homes and Crematory will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in service to the people of Putnam, North Grosvenordale and abutting towns. The company is planning a series of events that will span the entire year and this is the initial program.
“Our company has been caring for the needs of area people for 100 years. Our theme in 2019 is “A Century of Dedication, Compassion and Guidance.” A group that we often provide funeral services for is veterans. We felt that being part of this evening on behalf of the Coffee House was the right thing to do,” said Robert R. Fournier owner of the Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes.
“Gilman and Valade are our first ever Gold Sponsor. We are so happy and thankful for their willingness to be a part of this evening. Their support, which was recognized at the event, ensured our success on behalf of the Veterans Coffee House,” said Warren-Cudworth.
“Three great bands. One fun night of dancing. All for one great cause. Once again, the people of our area have shown their spirit by joining together for the veterans,” concluded Warren-Cudworth. We are proud to announce that we raised just over $4000 from this event for our local veterans. We couldn’t be more pleased.
The Danielson Veterans Coffee House is located in the Killingly Community Center in Danielson. The group, which has been in existence for approximately three years, has grown in numbers to 500 members. It meets every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., usually attracting 80 at its meeting.
According to the groups President Fred Ruhlemann, the mission is to be available to assist veterans with their varied needs. They also provide speakers who supply information on a variety of topics pertinent to areas of concerns and issues regarding physical and mental health, benefit matters and navigating government red tape.
“We’re are pleased to have been the beneficiary of what was a fun evening. The Real Wives have always been supportive of our Coffee House and we can’t thank them enough for keeping us in mind,” said Ruhlemann.