Legion offers chance to boogie like it’s 1969

Those looking to get down this weekend can boogie over to American Legion Auxiliary Post #24 on Sunday, May 18, to “Party Like it’s 1969.”

“We were playing the jukebox, and everyone was singing along with it. I said, ‘You know — we’ve done the ’50s, we’ve done the Western. Let’s try the ’60s, ’70s, do Motown and all that,’” recalled Emma McHugh, president of the auxiliary.

“Terry Atkins, our jukebox queen, works with me a lot. We just thought we’d try to come up with something different. Every time we have a party, we try to come up with a theme that might make people feel like coming.”

The party will run from 2 to 5 p.m., with music, a themed trivia competition hosted by DJs JR and Marie, dancing and more. Members and their guests who are 21 or older are being encouraged to wear their coolest “hippy” attire and bring their pet rocks.

The cost to attend is $7 per person and includes access to a home-prepared buffet.

“The buffet will include fried chicken and a lot of homemade dishes,” said McHugh.

The auxiliary has been selling raffle tickets at various locations in the community, including Hocker’s, Giant and Reflections Beauty Salon, and the winner will be chosen that night.

“Darlene Murphy handmade a quilt with all the service-members’ pictures on it. We’re going to raffle that off. We’re trying to hit $1,000 or more,” McHugh explained.

McHugh said that Post #24 holds numerous events like this throughout the year to raise money for the American Legion, to help support veterans and the community.

“We try to help the community, as well as the veterans,” she noted. “That’s the main reason why we have these things.”

She said that, each year, they donate money to facilities such as Home of the Brave and Fisher House, which support homeless veterans in Delaware.

“They are now building a place for the women veterans, and we’re going to support that,” she said. “All of our money either goes to the community or to a veteran.”

McHugh said some of the money raised on Sunday will be donated to the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department. The rest will go back to veterans.

“The post itself — we have medical supplies, like if a veteran needs a hospital bed,” she explained. “The veterans, as you see ‘Wounded Warriors’ on TV, they need so many things. We like to help and support the veterans who need it, because many of them are hurt, whether it’s mentally or physically. Our whole point is to help the veterans who have served us.”

McHugh said that, although Post #24 may be smaller than some other area posts, they still do all they can to benefit the community they serve.

“We’re small but mighty, we always say.”

McHugh said the auxiliary is looking to publish a cookbook as its next big fundraising effort.

“We’re taking about making a cookbook that we can sell — all homemade things from our buffets. We have a lot of good recipes.”

Of the community support, McHugh said everyone has been “marvelous,” and she hopes community members will enjoy Sunday’s event.

“People are really behind us,” she said. “We hope to have a great crowd and a fun time.”

The American Legion Post 24 is located at 28181 Nine Foot Road, in Dagsboro. For more information, call (302) 735-6685 or (302) 537-1117.