What's old is new again. Later this month TheMount Dora Boomerz, a rock and roll oldies band, will have a reunion fundraiser performance benefiting K9S For Warriors.
Founded in 2011, the non-profit K9S For Warriors provides service canines to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disability and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11. Their goal is to give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes by empowering them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. Since inception, nearly 200 veterans and service canine teams have graduated the K9s For Warriors training program with 100% success rate in suicide prevention.
The event will be held February 20th at Beach Bums, Eustis' newest bar opening soon at 12 South Bay Street.
The Mount Dora Boomerz evolved from a creative group of friends with an eclectic range of day jobs including professional photography, massage, graphic design, therapy and music instruction. In 2000, the friends joined their musical talents for fun and to raise money for various non-profit groups. The group raised almost $25,000 for charities from 2000-2007, according to original band member Rachel Williams.
The eight member band features Lake County residents: John Burkhart, vocals; Steve Williams, bass; Robert Cohen, drums; Bob Sharff, guitar; Logan Heinzelman, keyboard; Rachel Williams, Carole Warshaw, and Jane Trimble, vocals. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and there will be a $5 donation at the door. All proceeds go to support K9S For Warriors. For more information on the non-profit visit www.k9sforwarriors.org.
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Above: Members of The Mount Dora Boomerz (photos by Mount Dora Buzz)