GREENFIELD — Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW, Post 2693 was loud with applause and cheers as they received a proceeds check presented by Chilly’s Discount Liquors.
On December 2, Chilly’s Discount Liquors hosts its annual Whiskey for Warriors at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, where tastings of different kinds of bourbons, silent and live auctions and other events take place to help raise money for VFW Post 2693. Montana Mike’s also caters the event and helps with proceeds.
Steve Coram, co-owner alongside Matt Coram, said that Whiskey for Warriors also has approximately 20 to 30 different vendors for people to shop around at. Purchases of tickets for the event also go toward the proceeds to help VFW 2693.
Steve also mentioned that during COVID they were one of the only events to still happen and were only allowed 100 people at a time, following COVID guidelines.
“We get to help the VFW in our community and also expose people in the community to different bourbons… exposes people to our new store,” Steve said. “It’s been a good relationship, a lot of these people shop with us.”
This year, Steve and Matt were able to present a check from last year’s event for an amount of $14,203 — double last year’s amount given.
Many were shocked with joy as they saw the amount, standing to thank the presenters. One member of VFW Post 2693 made the comment “that’s outstanding… your knees get a little weak.”
Stephan Fox, commander for VFW 2693, said during the presentation of the check, “they do a wonderful job every year supporting us, the least we can do is turn around and support them too.”
Butch Miller mentioned that this is the most they have received from the Whiskey for Warriors event since they have been involved.
The proceeds will go toward helping provide food and clothing for families, and around Christmas time they will donate toys to children in need. Miller said they help families in the community, veterans or not.
“Veterans have a tendency to be involved in things in their community and stay involved,” Miller said. “It’s one of those things we learned in the service… It sure helps when you’ve got a lot of people helping.”
This year’s Whiskey for Warriors event will be Dec. 2 at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, 620 Apple St, Greenfield. Times are yet to be determined.