The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 291 is bringing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Dave Mason to Newport Beach. The former member of the band Traffic will perform a benefit concert Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 215 15th St., to raise funds for military veterans.
The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Net proceeds will go to Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV), a nationwide nonprofit organization out of Noak, Conn., dedicated to assisting veterans as they make their way back into the civilian world, by finding them careers or the tools they need to start a career, Tim Knapp, vice president of WVFV, said in a phone interview.
Knapp said the group just bought eight acres of land in Jacksonville, Fla., for veteran Adam Burk to work his second blueberry farm. Burk served in Iraq and continues to struggle with post traumatic stress disorder. Burk, in turn, employs veterans whom he has met at the Veterans Administration hospital in Jacksonville who suffer from mental and physical illnesses. WVFV works with Burk to turn the blueberries that don't sell at market, into a jam called Red White and Blueberry jam. The proceeds all go back to the organization to help more veterans.