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“Veterans Appreciation Night” Concert at Oak Ridge Park Will Collect Donations for Troops Overseas, Aug. 22

LARK, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal invite the community to participate in “Veterans Appreciation Night” on Wednesday, August 22, by bringing items to donate for our troops overseas prior to hearing a free outdoor performance by The B Street Band (The Original Springsteen Tribute) at Oak Ridge Park, 136 Oak Ridge Road in Clark, at 7:00 p.m.

“We encourage everyone who comes to Veterans Appreciation Night to join with us in supporting American Recreational Military Services (A.R.M.S.) as they collect supplies for our military men and women overseas,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Veterans’ groups from throughout Central Jersey are especially welcome as we show our appreciation for their dedication and service in defense of our country.”

A.R.M.S. is a 501 (c) (3) charity based in Eatontown. Founded in 2003 by volunteers who wanted to give something back to military personnel and their families, A.R.M.S. is soliciting the following items that they will pack and ship to our troops serving overseas: chapstick; saline nose spray; Q-tips; eye drops; foot powder; body powder; deodorant; razors; small tissue packets; canned fruit; beef jerky; corn chips; protein bars; granola bars; microwave foods; small cereal boxes; coffee packets; tea bags; small powdered drink mixes; tuna foil packets; instant oatmeal; nuts and trail mix.

For more information about A.R.M.S., please visit

The Union County information van will be at the concert site with staff from the Union County Office of Veterans’ Affairs and other knowledgeable staff to answer questions and offer information about programs and recreational activities available to Union County residents.

Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are encouraged. Refreshments and snacks will be available from vendors.

For rain information call the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at (908) 558-4079 after 3 p.m. on the day of the scheduled concert, or visit the Union County web site:

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