LABELLE — Mark your calendar for the 2020 LaBelle Veterans Memorial Park Benefit for Saturday, Oct. 10. This annual benefit is normally in July, but because of the pandemic it was delayed, and it has been moved to Barron Park. This should help with safety concerns and social distancing.
Again this year, the benefit will feature a great smoked pork steak dinner accompanied by potato casserole, baked beans and a brownie, all for only a $10 donation. Some of the other activities will include a 50/50 drawing, with community-donated prizes drawn throughout the day. A dessert raffle will be held throughout the day, and there will be great entertainment by Two Vets and a Mic. Dinners will be served starting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10.
The LaBelle Veterans Memorial Park Committee would like to thank the many businesses and individuals who continue to donate their time and monies to help improve and maintain the LaBelle Veterans Memorial Park, year after year; also, to thank each individual for their donation. This year’s project goal is still the new flagpoles at the park. It is estimated that the poles will cost around $8,000.
This benefit has been a joint community project cosponsored by the members of the American Legion Post 130, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10100 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 144 for over 10 years. It formerly was named the Fallen Heroes Benefit in remembrance of Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Strickland and Chief Warrant Officer Robert Hammett Jr., two local men killed in action in 2008. This benefit was started in their names, and they will always be honored and remembered.
The funds raised after the first benefit have 100% been donated to the LaBelle Veterans Memorial Park for maintenance and purchasing of monuments that are now in place at the park.
The LaBelle Veterans Memorial Park Committee would like to thank the many people who have helped form and build this special place, a place to remember and honor those who have sacrificed so much and continued to do so for our freedom.
To carry on this community project, your continued support is needed. Anyone needing information on the benefit should call 863-675-8300 or 863-675-8008. Tickets are available in advance at the American Legion 130 and the VFW 10100.