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Santa Clarita Elks Lodge to Host Charity Roast Proceeds Will Benefit Veterans, Children with Disabilities

| Community | February 7, 2019

The community is invited to witness local Veteran Services Leader, William ‘Bill’ Reynolds, take center stage to be roasted at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge on Saturday, February 16.

The net proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit two major charity priorities of the Elks, including local veterans services in the Santa Clarita Valley and children with disabilities in California through the Elks California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc.

City Councilman and Lodge Member, Bob Keller, has been planning his strategy as MC for the evening’s program. He and three of the Roasters, Elks CHEA Trustee Jay Larkins, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin, and Iraq War Veteran Mike Garcia have been taking their involvement seriously. They have been heard fine-tuning and laughing hysterically about the entertaining, yet totally fabricated information they will present in an attempt to discredit Bill’s excellent reputation and accomplishments.

Here are some true facts about Bill Reynolds:
-He and his family have been residents of Santa Clarita since the 1980’s. He and his wife, Meg, have two children and five grandchildren.
-He has been involved with numerous local Veterans outreach and service programs and organizations in Santa Clarita, including the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Mobile Riverine Force Association, the Fallen Warriors Memorial at the Newhall Veterans Historical Plaza, Santa Clarita Veterans Memorial, Inc., Santa Clarita Veterans Day Committee, The Veterans Services Collaborative, and numerous other programs where he works to inform and assist Veterans obtain available services.
-He was drafted into the United States Army on May 17, 1966, and after six months of infantry training, he arrived in Vietnam on January 28, 1967. He is one of the “Boys of ‘67” Charlie Company, 4th/47th, 9th Infantry Division. “The Boys of 67” by Andrew West featured Bill and his unit in this book. Brothers in War,’ included Bill and his unit within this Emmy nominated film, available on Netflix.
-He was one of several Vietnam Veterans invited to meet President Trump in Vietnam on Veterans Day, 2017.

This will be an enjoyable, laughter-filled evening that will benefit two worthwhile charity groups. The Santa Clarita Valley Young Marines will volunteer to assist the Elks at this event.
The event will be held on Saturday, February 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner will be provided by Neca Catering Services, followed by a video presentation from SCVTV. The roast begins at 8 p.m., and a live auction will take place at 9 p.m.

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Tickets are $50 each person and may be purchased at the Elks Lodge Lounge or through the Elks Office, 17766 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA 91351, (661) 251-1500. Tables of 10 are available for $500. Checks can be made payable to the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge 2379. For more information about the Elks California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc., visit www.chea-elks.org.

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