Oliver, WI (NNCNOW.com) - A benefit for homeless veterans in Oliver, Wisconsin Saturday afternoon aims to fill the financial gaps where other modes of funding have fallen short.
The Homeless Veterans' Benefit Fundraiser and Customer Appreciation event at the El Dorado Bar and Grill is in its second year, and officials have high hopes.
According to El Dorado owner Todd Pfeffer, last year's benefit raised over $3,500 for homeless veterans in the Twin Ports, and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans in Duluth.
The all–day event features food, a horseshoe tournament, raffles, and some outdoor Karaoke for the daring.
Pfeffer says it's hard to sit idly by when he sees the government overlooking the needs of our veterans.
"The veterans aren't treated right in my mind," said Pfeffer, outside the El Dorado, "we've got to treat them better. They served us, now we're here to serve them."
The El Dorado also hosts a meat raffle every Wednesday night at 6, of which 100 percent of the proceeds also go to MAC–V Duluth.
Last year's raffle totals brought in $16,000 for essentials like food, toiletries, and clothing for Northland veterans in transitional housing.
MAC–V Regional Director Steve Saari says the organization has been repeatedly, unsuccessfully trying to obtain a federal grant for such amenities.
In the meantime, those who have donated funds either through the El Dorado or directly to MAC–V have provided all of that assistance.
"They've raised tens of thousands of dollars in the last couple years for our homeless veterans here," said Saari. "It's nice to see the local community picking up where the federal government has kind of dropped the ball."
If you can't make it to the El Dorado veterans fundraiser, Saari says MAC–V's West Duluth location is always accepting donations directly.
Regional Director: Steve Saari
5209 Ramsey Street
Duluth, MN 55807