The Gold Star Families of Rochester, those whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our country, are hosting Rock Out for Vets, presented by Impact Technologies, a concert event that will both honor their sons’ and daughters’ memories and raise money for Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. (VOC), a non-profit organization that provides programs and services free of charge to veterans and their family members. The concert, featuring local headliner Uncle Plum, will be held Friday, November 7, 2008, at Waterstreet Music Hall. This is the second year the Gold Star Families of Rochester have put on a show of this kind for VOC, and this year promises to be an even bigger event.
“It’s so wonderful that these Gold Star Families would do this for us,” said Betsy Ross-Lombardo, Veterans Advocate at VOC. “It is such an unselfish act—their sons are not returning home, and yet they’re putting this concert on that will benefit those who do make it home.”
Doors open at 6pm, and the first act will begin around 7pm. There will be a live auction in between acts, featuring guest auctioneer Brother Wease. Tickets are $10 and are available at VOC’s STARS & STRIPES The Flag Store, as well as ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations.
The concert is being sponsored by Impact Technologies, 95.1 The Fox, Ray Sands Glass, and Rochester Red Wings.
Veterans Outreach Center, a not-for-profit charitable corporation, has been helping local veterans and their families since 1973. It is the oldest, community-based veteran outreach effort in the nation. Services include mental-health and substance-abuse counseling, vocational training and housing for homeless veterans. For more information about the agency and its programs, please call 585.546.1081 or visit www.veteransoutreachcenter.org.