Donna Rice, realtor with ERA Brokers Consolidated, is sponsoring the Love a Soldier Benefit Ball to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, on Saturday February 18 at the Grand Hall of the Traverse Mountain Master Association Clubhouse. The Old Glory Vintage Dancers, dressed in period costumes, will be there to teach everyone the romantic dances from the 19th Century.
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is close to Rice’s heart. Four members of her immediate family have served, or are currently serving, in the military. Her grandfather was a medical specialist in the Korean War and her uncle served in Vietnam. The Vietnam veteran, who has passed away recently, would have especially benefited from the kind of healing the Wounded Warrior Project offers. He was not the kind of man who would have agreed to sit down for traditional therapy. WWP provides free programs and services to address the need of wounded warriors and fill gaps in government care. Their programs involve service activities for wounded military personnel and their families, as well as career and benefits counseling. Wounded Warriors also help and mentor their fellow warriors.
The Old Glory Vintage Dancers will teach reels, quadrilles, round dances and more at the Love a Soldier Benefit Ball. They will be in costume, but guests at the ball can come in costume or their “Sunday Best.” Jonathan Biesinger, local actor and entertainer, will be the emcee for the evening.
The entrance fee for the benefit is an $18 donation per person to the Wounded Warrior Project. Every penny from the Love a Soldier Benefit Ball will go to WWP. To make a donation, go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Proud Supporter Events,” put “Lehi” in for the city, and all the information on donating for this event will be there. Anyone over the age of 14 is invited to attend the ball and there will be a mother’s lounge for mothers with infants.