Field of Bands benefit for local servicemembers, veterans Sept. 14

Field of Bands benefit for local servicemembers, veterans Sept. 14

A local organization that helps St. Croix Valley servicemembers and veterans is throwing a big fundraiser this weekend. The Lower St. Croix Valley Yellow Ribbon Alliance will host the Field of Bands, a fundraiser to benefit servicemembers, veterans and their families, from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Washington County Fairgrounds, located at 12300 40th St. N. in Stillwater. SFO – A Tribute to Journey will headline the event along with the bands Westside and Bad Weather. Westside Band plays covers and originals, with a sound like the Rolling Stones and Santana. Bad Weather will perform its “Ladies of Rock” set, which includes rockers like Janis Joplin, Heart, Jefferson Airplane and Joan Jett. John Tetzlaff, event organizer and owner of Tetzlaff Yacht Sales in Stillwater, said the event is family-friendly with bounce houses and face painting. Members of the Stillwater Veterans of Foreign Affairs (VFW) will run the beer garden as well, he said. “Everything that’s needed to have a good time will be there,” Tetzlaff said. “This is probably our biggest event.” The funds raised at the event support the Yellow Ribbon Alliance’s assistance to local servicemembers, veterans and their families. For example, the alliance gives local World War II veterans rides to the county’s veterans affair office or the doctor’s office. The alliance built a Korean War veteran a wheelchair ramp so he could enjoy his backyard, Tetzlaff said. A current servicemember who lives in the area has a son with a brain tumor. The organization supports them by occasional babysitting and helping out where they can financially, he added. Each Christmas, members of the alliance bring the son presents, Tetzlaff said. “They just can’t keep up with the bills,” Tetzlaff said. “We want to bring in as much money as we can […]

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