Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner at the Nevada City Elks Lodge

Veteran Color Guard

Veteran Color Guard from American Legion Post 130 in Grass Valley performs the Flag Ceremony. Photo by Akim Aginsky

Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 recently held their annual Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner. Every year they serve a complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings to veterans, while guests of Veterans and non-veterans pay $12 per person. This year’s dinner was again a huge success due to the generosity and many efforts of local businesses and volunteers.

The All Veteran Color Guard from American Legion Post 130 in Grass Valley performed the flag ceremony that kicked off the evening’s event. Emily Fitzpatrick beautifully sang the National Anthem, and there was not a dry eye in the house as all Veterans saluted the flag.
This year’s guest speaker was Ed Sanchez of Welcome Home Vets, a local Grass Valley nonprofit. The Nevada City Elks Lodge and Welcome Home Vets teamed up earlier this year to assemble and distribute Veteran Life Packs to homeless veterans in our community. These kits are being distributed through Welcome Home Vets at 255 S. Auburn Street in Grass Valley and the Nevada County Office of Veteran Services at 988 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.

NEO, which stands for New Events and Opportunities, is an innovative non-profit youth center and youth empowerment program that volunteered their time again this year to help with the evening. Hosting a dinner for over 300 people is no easy task, and the volunteers from NEO were a tremendous help.

The Nevada City Elks Lodge would like to thank the local community for all of the generous sponsorships and contributions. BriarPatch Food Co-op was one of those contributors to the success of the event. All proceeds from the event, including the raffle and silent auction, support our local veterans and their families.

Care for communityWhen it comes to serving veterans, the Elks have a long tradition of being there when they were needed most. Since the inception of the Veteran Service Commission in 1946, the needs of military members and returning veterans have continued to change, and the Elks have adapted to those needs, remaining an ever-present ally to those who have served this country.