Battle in the Alley benefits Veterans of Foreign Wars

September 16, 2018

Friday evening The Alley was full of music as several local bands came together to help raise money for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5877.

Battle in The Alley was a battle of the bands event organized by Post 5877 Commander Lowell Koppert as a fundraiser.

Six bands and solo artists performed on two stages throughout the evening. Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon, Director of Aiken County Veterans Affairs Dwight Bradham and musician Michael Eubanks served as judges for the event.

Osbon said he hoped the event would help take people’s minds off Hurricane Florence, which swept across parts of the Carolinas this weekend.

“Even more importantly, we’re here to raise a bit of money for VFW Post 5877,” Osbon said. “It’s a great post, they’re very active in the area.”

The top three bands were given plaques of recognition.

In first place was Alex Whalen, followed by Gavin Reilly in second and JD Cadden in third.

“I don’t get to volunteer a lot,” Reilly said. “So it’s a great cause.”

The event was free, but donations were collected for VFW.

Several local businesses in The Alley played a part in raising donations for the Battle in The Alley. For every large pizza purchased Friday evening, Mellow Mushroom donated $1 to the fundraiser. All sales from the peach shine-gria at Whiskey Alley went directly to VFW Post 5877, all tips from the Downtown Taproom were donated and Takosushi donated $1 for every appetizer of tempura asparagus purchased during the event.

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