"A Night to Remember" raises funds for homeless vets shelter - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

"A Night to Remember" raises funds for homeless vets shelter

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It's called "A Night to Remember" for good reason. Tonight, the third annual fundraiser was held at the Isle of Capri Casino.

Benefits go towards the City of Refuge Veterans' Homeless Shelter.

While there was plenty of entertainment, good food, and camaraderie, tonight's event was for a bigger purpose, with proceeds going towards a good cause.

"We are a non-profit veteran's homeless shelter. We've been in operation almost 28 years," said event coordinator Denise Stigen.

Stigen says proceeds from tonight's third annual "A Night to Remember" fundraiser go towards the City of Refuge Veterans' Homeless Shelter, "to defray the cost that we incur throughout the year at the shelter, but right now we have a building fund and we're trying to raise enough money to build a new building which will be a kitchen and dining area."

Stigen says their current facility is over 60 years old and needs updating, which many say they're happy to help with.

"I'm 100% behind any effort to do that," said attendee and entertainer for the night, Duane Dunaway.

In addition to ticket sales, attendees took part in various auctions.

And while entertainment kept the night going, there was even a surprise veteran's marriage ceremony.

Even Elvis serenaded the newlyweds by singing "Can't Help Falling in Love".

The night also included a fallen warrior ceremony, honoring those who have paid the ultimate price.

"It's just an awesome thing they're doing, it's for veterans. What else can you say?" said organizer and Elvis impersonator, Dennis Soileau.

It was certainly a night to remember.

Event organizers say they raised about $20,000 last year and hope to exceed that tonight.

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