NEW HAVEN, CONN. (Sep. 6, 2017)—The Founders Day Dinner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars New Haven Post 12150 has been moved to the Knights of St. Patrick (1533 State Street, New Haven) in the wake of a destructive fire which shuttered the popular Trinity Bar & Restaurant last week.
The sold out charity dinner will still start at 6:00 p.m. at the Knights of St. Patrick; however, it will be catered by The Regal Beagle Restaurant & Bar.
VFW Social Committee Member Marie Yi said Regal Beagle Owner Michael Longley went out of his way—and on short notice—to “graciously accommodate” the veteran charity event and exclusive menu.
Social Committee Chairman Charles M. Pickett said if it weren’t for the outstanding support of the Knights of St. Patrick and the Regal Beagle, the charity event would have been canceled. He also said despite being busy in the wake of the Sep. 1 fire, both Trinity Co-Owner Shane Carty and General Manager John Greco contacted the post about the imperiled event.
Pickett said, “Here is an example of New Haven friends and neighbors, businesses and organizations, coming together in the wake of adversity to support each other and the Elm City veteran community.”
The charity dinner celebrates the founding of the VFW post and solemnizes Patriot Day—when Americans observe the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Additionally, this year the dinner will mark the milestone of the post earning All-American honors and will commemorate the centennial formation of the 102nd Infantry Regiment in New Haven.