ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The annual Warrior Benefit Concert returned for its 11th year on Saturday to support men and women in the military who are recovering from physical injuries and emotional trauma.
Along with music, the event will also feature food, music, silent and live auctions, and merchandise such as gift baskets, t-shirts, and pint glasses. Event organizers said the guests of honor this year are Korean War veteran Roger Hill and Vietnam War veteran Manny Silva.
“Veterans have a hard enough time — some of them readjusting back to life but this is a good way to reconnect them and it’s also, even if you didn’t serve, your support is what’s also needed through family, friends, and so forth,” said former Greece Post Commander Mark Ostrander, who was also an organizer of the event.
Proceeds from the event went towards organizations focused on veteran services, such as the New York Warrior Alliance and the Patriot Guard Riders’ “Help on the Homefront” veteran outreach program.