TAMPA — Operation Helping Hand gets a lot of help from the Tampa Bay community. The organization helps wounded veterans from the Iraq and Afghan wars and has a special benefactor about to host a special night.
Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar off Anderson Road in Tampa will host a fundraiser for the nonprofit group on May 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music, donated by local musician Island Bill.
Heineken will help with the event by donating 25 cents for every glass of Heineken, Dos Equis, or Newcastle, and the Heineken With a Heart Foundation has been donating the 25 cents ever since April 21.
Boston's manager Sandy Queen said that all proceeds from the benefit will go to Operation Helping Hand.
“We have raised a lot of money for Operation Helping Hand and it is for a really great cause,” Queen said. “We work on this for weeks every year and it's always a great time.”
The event will feature both a live and silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include two drink tickets and plenty of food.
Bob Silah, a Carrollwood resident who served in Vietnam and directs Operation Helping Hand, was a regular diner at Boston's and became friends with the management. One thing led to another and it has become a yearly event.
“It's a great cause and everything we raise goes directly to Operation Helping Hand,” Queen said. “It will be a great event.”
In each of the past two years, Boston's has raised more than $10,000 to benefit Operation Helping Hand.
For information and tickets, contact Boston's at (813) 901-9590.