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AHS to host event for vets

 

Get out your yellow ribbons and help support your local veterans at the third annual "Guitars for Vets" event at Arrowhead High School.
 
The event, dubbed a coffeehouse concert, will rock the North Campus Commons on Friday, Nov. 5 beginning at 6:30 p.m., when AHS students and English teacher Frank Balistreri show off their musical talents during the open mic portion of the event. At 8, the duo of acoustic guitarist Bill Camplin and electric guitarist Jason Klagstad will donate their time to the cause and play for all attendees.
 
Dryhootch, a veterans support organization that recently opened a coffeehouse in Milwaukee, will provide coffee, while a variety of desserts and Baskin Robbins ice cream will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door.
 
Proceeds from the event will be donated to two veterans support groups in Milwaukee: Guitars for Vets, which provides returning veterans with a guitar and private lessons, and Dryhootch, a coffeeshop that helps veterans make the difficult transition back to civilian life.
 
The Guitars for Vets event is sponsored by the AHS American Problems Students and the International Student Club. Every student club or athletic team at Arrowhead is obligated to participate in a community service project during the school year, and the AHS community has made veteran support a top priority.
According to Pat Downing, the International Student Club’s adviser, students from the school have collected enough money to send seven World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., on "Honor Flights" to visit the national World War II Memorial and other landmarks. Each flight costs about $1,500, but provides veterans with the trip of a lifetime.
 
At each home football game this fall, the school recognized one AHS alumnus who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and when the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32d Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned home from its year-long deployment to Iraq last year, the high school raised the most money of any school in Wisconsin or Minnesota for a welcome home project. As a thank you, AHS received a U.S. flag that flew over an American military installation in Baghdad.
 
For more information, supporters are encouraged to call Downing at (262) 369-3611 Ext. 4122.

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