Adopt-A-Soldier benefit concert draws goodly crowd

March 27, 2011 • Local News

Roswell residents invaded [auth] the Roswell Adult and Senior Center, Saturday, for Adopt-A-Soldier’s benefit concert, senior dance and entertainment fundraiser for soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.

Performances by local groups including Country Charm, Sweet Leilani’s, Folklorico and Sidney Guitierrez’s own 7th-grade dancers. Michel Geurin, drummer for Country Charm, commented on the five-piece band’s willingness to play at the event.

“It’s really outstanding,” he said. “We come out here once a month and usually do a dance here. Do come out here for Adopt-A-Soldier is really special. We’re proud to do it.”

Throughout the evening, items were auctioned off from local sponsors of the event, from businesses like Hippie Chicks, Lawrence Brothers IGA, and Kwan Den Chinese Restaurant and Buf fet. Bob Powers, Roswell resident, helped coordinate efforts to make the night a success. He and his mother Shirley were honored with a certificate of appreciation at the event.

Items and donations collected by Adopt-A-Sol-dier are sent overseas to local men and women in the military.

More than 75,000 pounds of goods have been delivered to soldiers serving overseas since the inception of the local nonprofit. “We’re sending our first ship box to the Navy,” Nicole Vargas, Adopt-A-Soldier founder, said. “All the donations that we collect tonight are going to soldiers on the USS Greenbay.”

For more information about Adopt-A-Soldier, call Vargas at 910-8564.

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