On behalf of all the volunteers of Lodi Support Our Troops, we would like to thank those who helped make our Veterans Summer Art Auction a success!
It was nice to see all the people come out and meet the artists who participated. Their art was beautiful, and they appreciated the opportunity and support they received. We learned a little bit of their military experiences with each piece — told by Bob Blower, who did a great job as master of ceremonies and auctioneer.
Klinker Brick Winery was so gracious to accommodate the event, with wine tasting and a portion of wine sales that night going to the Lodi Support Our Troops.
A good time was had by all who attended. We enjoyed Lockeford Meats sausages, grilled by the owners of the Stadium Sports Bar, cheese by Cheese Central and stromboli by Degrande's Cafe. And we listened to the sounds of The Little Square Box Band.
Many local area wineries donated their wonderful wines, which afforded a lucky raffle winner the ultimate wine basket, as well as many other lucky raffle winners some other great baskets.
It is through events like this, and the people and businesses that support them, that we are able to send care packages to the troops in the Middle East. We sent 1,880 care packages this last Christmas, and our goal this Christmas is to send 2,000. It is important to us, and we know it is to many others, that the troops have a little of "back home" at Christmas time. We want them to know we appreciate what they are doing and keeping us safe.
Please continue to support our troops and help us to meet our goal this year with upcoming events. If you would like to get involved, please contact LaRonda at 470-1652 or Dale Templeton at 916-425-9356.
Thank you, and God bless our troops.
Julie Miller and Julie McKinley
Lodi Support Our Troops