“More Cash, More Cans, and Another Great Band”: Area Soroptimists Prep for Fundraiser Featured

Tuscaloosa's Soroptimist International members at the 2016 “Cash, Cans, and a Great Band” event. The second annual event is set for Nov. 9. Tuscaloosa's Soroptimist International members at the 2016 “Cash, Cans, and a Great Band” event. The second annual event is set for Nov. 9. Candice Morris

Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa is gearing up for its annual fundraiser benefiting the Priority Veteran program. Just in time for Veterans Day, “More Cash, More Cans, and Another Great Band” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Band of Brothers Brewery beginning at 7 p.m. Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa will be collecting donations of $5 or five non-perishable canned food items for entry into the event.  

In addition to a great live band, Double Down, and local beers on tap, Pastor’s Kitchen food truck will be on site and will donate $1 from every order to the fundraiser.  

Skye Kent, Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa Secretary, says this fundraiser will allow the group to help area veterans. 

“The cash and cans raised from this event will help provide the basic need of food to veterans in our community who are facing homelessness or are homeless,” Kent said.  

Cans collected and funds raised will help stock the food pantry at Priority Veteran. Donations will also help supplement the pantry with perishable items, such as meat and milk.  

“Cash [raised at the event] is also used to purchase gas to transport veterans to and from doctors’ appointments at the VA Hospital,” Kent added. 

Priority Veteran opened its doors in 2013. Since then, the program has helped more than 1,700 Alabama veterans struggling with reintegration and homelessness.  

“Priority Veteran provides veterans with intensive, one-on-one assistance to locate stable permanent housing and links them to resources to gain the skills and knowledge to help them remain financially stable,” Kent said.  

Since partnering with Priority Veteran, Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa has held canned food drives, provided start up baskets with basic home needs, and donated new shelving for the Priority Veteran food pantry.   

Last year, this event raised $585, and a truck bed full of cans and non-perishable food items. Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa and Priority Veteran are hopeful this year’s event will be even more successful.  

For information about More Cash, More Cans, and Another Great Band, Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa, or Priority Veteran, contact Skye Kent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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