Veterans account for 25% of the homeless population nationally. Causes for this homelessness can be attributed to one, or several, of these factors: Alienation from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, or just bad financial luck. Homelessness can last for a couple of days to multiple decades.
Friends of Homeless Veterans was established to make sure that San Diego's homeless veterans get help when they need it most. We appreciate the sacrifices they have made for their country--for us--during their time of service, and we will not forget them.
Founded informally in 2007 by Martin Brennan, Friends of Homeless Veterans started with a small idea: Put on a small fundraiser in order to give a new pair of socks to each of the 150 homeless veterans at Veterans Village's Winter Shelter in San Diego. "Keep their feet warm."
Since then, the organization has grown in scope and formality. With your help, we will continue to improve the quality of life for the homeless veterans in San Diego. They will not be forgotten.
The 6th annual Friends of Homeless Veterans' Sock Hop will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 5-9pm. It will be held at the Ould Sod in Normal Heights, at 3373 Adams Avenue.
All proceeds from this event benefit the San Diego Friends of Homeless Veterans, a local non profit that works to provide basic needs, such as clothing, food and shelter, to homeless veterans in and around San Diego County.
The event will feature live music by local artists Sara Petite, Tony Cummins, and Shawn Rohlf, and will also include a live auction and raffle prizes. This is a great opportunity for the community to give back to those who have risked so much for our country and our freedoms. Admission is a package of new men's socks or a cash donation. Clothing donations will be accepted throughout the winter season.
Raised where wild huckleberries grow, Sara originally hails from Sumner, Washington a tulip farming town southeast of Seattle. She grew up riding in her Dad's seaplane and on the back of his motorcycle. Her mother raised a trio of women and a son, and gave each of them a strong backbone and sense of self.
Being called everything from "Outlaw country" to "AAA singer-songwriter," Petite's songs revive fond memories of history, home and travel. She has toured Europe 6 times and played various clubs, festivals and venues all over the United States and Europe.
Not every Irish musician enjoys playing pubs. Some refuse to. Others do it only because there are not many alternatives that pay anything. Only a few performers seem to be comfortable playing pubs.
Then there is Tony Cummins. He seems born to play pubs. A Tony Cummins performance is a high energy, rollicking, explosion of outrageous silliness. Tony does more drinking songs than any performer around and is always insisting someone "drink it down". Hecklers? Not in the audience! Tony heckles the audience. He not only gets members of the audience to sing along, but get into crazy contests and everyone standing on chairs.
Shawn P. Rohlf writes songs and then sings them with vim and vigor. Sometimes when he is feeling blue, he sings them mournfully. At other times, it's as if he is waking up from a dream where he is being followed down a dark street by Wolf Blitzer and Larry King.
Then the dream starts to get really weird! His band, the 7th Day Buskers, have done pretty well for themselves and are starting to discover some musical notes that look like little planets when being viewed under a microscope. The "Buskers" (as all the people on those little planets like to call them) won San Diego Music Award's "Best Americana Band" in 2004 and have been nominated several other times.
Friends of Homeless Veterans along with the Ould Sod are selling shamrocks to help homeless veterans.
For only $2.00 you can help provide food and clothing to a homeless veteran at the VVSD's Winter Shelter.
The shamrocks will be displayed at the Ould Sod now until Christmas Eve.
Stop by the Ould Sod, 3373 Adams Ave, and purchase a shamrock from your friendly bartender.
The fourth Wednesday of every month, we are having a pub quiz.
October's pub quiz we be our last quiz of this year as we gear up for the Sock Hop. We will resume monthly pub quizzes in January.
Thank you all for your support.
Our Public Charity Status: 501(c)(3).
All contributions are now tax deductible.
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