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Rock Aid 8 is set to take place on May 27. The annual event seeks to raise funds for the Salvation Army's homeless assistance programs. The Salvation Army provides assistance throughout the year, from hosting their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon to giving food to the needy and next Wednesday a special dinner- Rock Aid 8, is being held.

Salvation Army Captain Michael Lutcher said, "The proceeds for this event goes towards the homeless assistance programs, so anything dealing with homelessness and helping people with their needs because we want have people get to a point in their lives that they get to self-sufficiency. That is the goal." According to Lutcher, the annual fundraiser is a partnership with Hard Rock Cafe. Executive chef Kotwal Singh is grateful for being a part of such a worthwhile event, saying, "I'm very excited again - we've been successful, last year we generated $12,000. This year our goal is $15,000, so little by little we step up the ladder."

Those who come out will be treated to a fun atmosphere with an array of entertainment to include the music of the talented Stay Tuned. There will also be a silent auction, door prizes, and raffle prizes to include a ticket to either Japan or the Philippines courtesy of Delta and a great carry bag from the T-Galleria. And don't forget the food!

"What you see past eight years, I will make sure and the team is committed to make sure it is better than last year. There is going to be a big roast, a lot of hot food, healthy cold food, big dessert station with a chocolate fountain and cheese station. It will be a lot more fun than before," Chef Singh promised.

So make sure to bring extra money, you're credit card, you're your dancing shoes and your appetite! Lutcher invites everyone to come out to rock aid vii and support the efforts of the Salvation Army. "We get to see the faces of the people that this money is going to support. Whether the people come to our office or whether we are going out on an outreach and we go into the homeless community, when you are given a bag of food or given a hygiene item, the people are just so thankful," Lutcher said, gratefully.

Tickets are just $50 or $500 for a table of 10 and can be purchased at either the Salvation Army or Hard Rock Cafe in Tumon. You can also give Salvation Army a call at 477-3528 Extension 100.

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