Tallassee VFW crawfish boil April 20

The Tallassee VFW Post 5035 is hosting its third annual crawfish boil on April 20 beginning at 12 p.m. to benefit a scholarship fund for Tallassee and Reeltown high schools.

Live entertainment will begin at 4 p.m. There will also be door prizes and a live auction.

In addition to crawfish, there will also be a limited number of shrimp plates. Preorders are encouraged and tickets are on sale now.

Proceeds from the crawfish boil will fund the Tallassee VFW’s scholarship program.

“We will choose a student from Tallassee High School and a student from Reeltown High School,” Bill Lewis of Post 5035 said. “Most of it will go into the general fund which is used to help veterans and their families who are in need.”

The Tallassee VFW helps many veterans in Tuskegee’s Veterans Administration Hospital.

“We buy books for veterans at the VA in Tuskegee,” Lewis said. “We buy clothing. We have a fish fry to benefit them once a year. They will bring the veterans who live at the VA over here and we feed them. There are several things that we do here. If we have any veterans or their families who need assistance, we will bring it to a vote to help them.”

While the Tallassee VFW is active in the community, members must be affiliated with a veteran. However, there are several ways to become a member through an auxiliary program.

“This is an organization of veterans of foreign wars that are here to help other veterans who are in need,” Lewis said. “We want people to understand that we’re here for a good cause. It’s open to veterans and their guests. We do have some locals who come in and they are friends of veterans.”

The Tallassee VFW also supports a variety of community events, including youth baseball and softball teams in Tallassee and Reeltown.

“We also donate to Adullam House every year and the Episcopal Church food drive,” Lewis said. “There are a lot of good things going on here and we invite people come see for themselves.”

The Tallassee VFW has been in existence since 1963. In recent years Post 5035 has made several upgrades and club officials invite the community to come see those.

The Tallassee VFW, which serves veterans from Tallassee, Eclectic, Reeltown and Dadeville, is located at 313 Riverside Dr. For more information on upcoming events, call 334-283-6636.