Vibes For Veterans: A Heartfelt Benefits for Heroes

Written by on November 5, 2023

VIBES FOR VETERANS: A Heartfelt Benefit for Heroes
By Stephanie J Bartik

On a rainy autumn afternoon, the community of Troy, New York, came together on October 29, 2023, for a memorable event that celebrated the indomitable spirit of veterans. “Vibes for Veterans,” a benefit organized by the determined Lou Collins, affectionately known as Uncle Lou, took place at The Hangar on the Hudson, and it was nothing short of a day to remember.

This heartwarming event was more than just a concert; it was a testament to the unwavering support that veterans receive from their communities. It showcased the power of music, camaraderie, and a collective spirit dedicated to giving back to those who have given so much.

The musical lineup for the day was nothing short of impressive, featuring a talented array of bands and performers who lent their voices and instruments for the cause. Among those who graced the stage were the Jim Collins Band, Murderer’s Row, Nicky Willis, Johnny Clifford and Friends, Tommy Love, and Brother T & the Boys. Each artist brought their unique sound and style to the stage, creating a diverse musical experience that resonated with the crowd.

Lou Collins, the driving force behind Vibes for Veterans, is a shining example of the incredible impact one individual can have on a community. His dedication to supporting veterans goes beyond the boundaries of a single event. Lou’s commitment is tangible through his creation of posters and T-shirts, which were sold at the event to raise funds for the cause. These tangible symbols of appreciation and support allow people to proudly wear their commitment to veterans on their sleeves.

The support for Vibes for Veterans extended far beyond Lou’s efforts and the audience. The Lansingburgh Eagles, a local organization, demonstrated their unwavering support by generously donating $500 to the cause. Such acts of kindness and generosity are a testament to the power of a community coming together to support a noble cause.

One of the most heartwarming aspects of Vibes for Veterans was the involvement of Lou’s family and friends. They played a pivotal role in ensuring the event’s success by volunteering their time and efforts to sell merchandise and assisting with event logistics. Their dedication to the cause, and by extension, to the veterans, exemplified the spirit of community and selflessness.

The culmination of this remarkable evening was not just the musical performances, but the presentation of a check to a true rock legend and avid supporter of veterans, Joe Walsh. On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, Lou Collins will have the distinct honor of meeting Joe Walsh in Raleigh to present him with a check for an astonishing $14,000. This incredible donation, a result of the collective efforts and generosity of the event’s participants, signifies the significant impact Vibes for Veterans had in supporting veterans.

In conclusion, Vibes for Veterans was more than a concert; it was a powerful demonstration of the strength of a community united in a common cause. Lou Collins and his dedicated team, along with the generous musicians, donors, and volunteers, showcased the unwavering commitment to our veterans. This event serves as a shining example of the positive change that can be brought about when individuals and communities come together for a noble purpose.

Vibes for Veterans will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy of love, support, and gratitude for the brave men and women who have served our country. It reminds all of us that, through collective effort and heartfelt dedication, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.


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