JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 Veterans and their families are invited to Jackson Elks Lodge No. 1713 for a night of dinner and music on Friday, November 10, beginning at 5pm.\r\n\r\nDinner will be prepared by the Lodge\u2019s very own Donnie Rodgers, who will be serving beef brisket, sides, and dessert. Live music is being graciously donated by Elks members and local musical legends the Hog Island Ramblers. Dinner is free for veterans ($12 for non-veterans). Proceeds will go to the Jackson American Legion Post to help with the rebuilding of the war memorial on the town square.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe decided this year to have a veterans event the day before Veterans Day,\u201d the Elk Lodge exalted ruler Valerie Peterson. \u201cMany veterans have other events to attend on the actual holiday and we didn\u2019t want to conflict with them. We thought that offering a night of dinner and live music to thank veterans for all they have done for us is the best way Elks can honor them.\u201d\r\n\r\nRodgers said, \u201cThis is one of my favorite events to cook for. This is the least I can do to thank them for their service.\u201d The lodge chef insists that each year proceeds from the veterans dinner goes to the local American Legion to contribute to the rebuilding of the war memorial on the Jackson town square.\r\n\r\nWhen asked, the Hog Island Ramblers jumped at the opportunity to contribute to the dinner by donating live music. In the past, the event did not include entertainment, and it is hoped that this will make for a memorable experience for veterans and their families.\r\n\r\n\u201cLodge members cooking, serving food, and playing music to honor our community\u2019s veterans\u2014this is what the Elks are all about,\u201d Peterson added.