Three years ago Marlborough residents Stephen Adamshick and Dave Pulliam combined their love of rock n’ roll with their desire to help Veterans who have been wounded or who suffer from PTSD, by creating a fundraising event known as a ‘Salute To Veterans, Never Forget What They Did For U.S.’ The 3rd annual event took place on Saturday evening before a packed audience at the Weed Orchard and Winery in Marlboro. The popular band ‘All Too Real’ entertained, with Kevin Lyons and Jimmy Palmer on acoustic and electric guitars and singer Anthony Jeffries on vocals.
Adamshick said the money they raise is sent to a Wounded Warrior Project offices in Florida.
“The first year was like $900, the second year was $1,400 and this year we’re gonna bust two grand,” he predicted.
Pulliam personally collected about $1,500 from numerous local businesses that he visited in the weeks leading up to the event. He said Weed Farm may donate part of their take on the food and drink they took in and there was a donation box by the door. Adamshick said people can also make a donation by dropping off a check, payable to the Wounded Warrior Project, at his place of business, Amodeo Brothers Service Station at 1316 Rte 9W, Marlboro.
Pulliam took a few moments to publicly thank all who donated to the Wounded Warriors Project: Mike Uphoff of MJ Mechanical Services; Supervisor Al Lanzetta, Mark DiFabio of Rose Hill Manor; Dave Zambito of Dave Zambito & Son; Mark Ciaglia of The Supply Captain; Robert Kirk of Kirky’s Deli; Jeff Paladino of Milton Hardware; Frank Cricchio of Frank’s Village Market & Deli; Sawyer Savings, Rick Affuso of Affuso’s Plumbing & Oil Heating Service; George Barley of Barley and Sons; John LaMela of LaMela Sanitation and Lee, Merethe and Steffen Mazzola of Mazzola Oil.
Fr. Thomas Dicks of St. Mary’s Church, offered a blessing for the Veterans.
“O Lord we thank you for gathering us here tonight as we honor all of our Veterans. We ask you to protect them and to let us always be thankful for their service to make our country as great as it is. We ask you to always remember the sacrifice that they made for us; sacrifices of injuries and death to protect us from our enemies. We ask you to bless all that are here tonight and may we have a good time and may almighty God bless each one of you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Let’s have a good time, let’s rock.”
Adamshick had the last word.
“May God always watch over, guide and protect our Vets,” he said.