Benefit Concert for Arlo Guthrie Set for Wharton Center Tonight
One is a priest who ministered to the Michigan State University community for decades. The other is a leader in physical therapy for the injured. But before that, both men answered the call of their country.
That service and sacrifice will be recognized the night of a benefit concert by folk legend Arlo Guthrie, today, Oct. 3 at the Wharton Center. A portion of early ticket sales will benefit the veterans programs of Volunteers of America Michigan, the state's largest private provider of services to homeless veterans.
The concert will be the centerpiece of the 2013 Veteran Tribute, where Volunteers of America Michigan will honor Father Jake Foglio, who served in the Marines in the Korean War era, and Mr. Len Face, who was wounded following the invasion of Normandy that turned the tide in World War II. Foglio and Face were chosen as recipients of the John E. Demmer Award - named for the first recipient, World War II veteran and Lansing business leader John Demmer - for their lifetimes of service.
"Both men defended our freedom," said Patrick Patterson, Executive Vice President of Volunteers of America Michigan. "And they never stopped fighting for our wellbeing when they returned to civilian life."
Foglio served decades at St. John Church and Student Center and is a fixture in the Michigan State University community. Face, during his recuperation in England, became part of a pioneering physical therapy program for wounded soldiers. He brought his expertise to the Lansing area when he returned to civilian life.
Details about ticket sales and sponsorships: voami.org/sp/2013-Veteran-Tribute
About Volunteers of America Michigan
Volunteers of America Michigan is dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including specialized housing for low-income, homeless and elderly persons, programs for veterans, emergency shelter and holiday giving programs. We believe in the dignity of every person and are committed to assisting clients achieve self-sufficiency. To learn more, visit www.voami.org.