American Legion luncheon to benefit Puppy Rescue Mission

Dogs are known as “man’s best friend,” and that sentiment has led to the Puppy Rescue Mission to help bring home dogs adopted by American military troops overseas. American Legion Auxiliary Post 24 will support that mission in the most delicious way possible this weekend, with an all-American lunch buffet on Sunday, Sept. 22, at their Dagsboro location.

The Third Annual Benefit for the Puppy Rescue Mission is open to Legion members, as well as guests, from 2 to 4 p.m.

“The soldiers adopt these [stray] dogs wherever they’re serving,” said the auxiliary’s Maria Ryan. “It helps them to be normal,” she said, in a dangerous and high-stress situations. Soldiers can face post-traumatic stress or other issues from serving abroad, she noted. “It seems that having the dog … that was by their side constantly seems to snap them out of it and help them.”

For $10, people attending Sunday’s buffet can enjoy all-you-can-eat homemade salads, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, meatballs, coffee, desserts and more.

“The women are very good. I think … Sussex County has a good reputation for our food,” Ryan said.

Most of the supplies are donated, so money can go directly toward bringing home a puppy for a returning veteran.

Last year, the auxiliary raised more than $3,000, which is the average cost to transport one dog from a warzone, including vaccinations, transportation shelters and airports, plus airfare to bring a pup home.

“We try to raise enough money. Each year we’ve been very good in bringing a dog home for a serviceman or -woman. It’s very exciting,” Ryan said.

“Last year, we had the service members there with their dogs. It was wonderful to see them happy and to have the dog. It’s rewarding. You feel like you’re doing something,” said Ryan. “Our mission to support the community and military.”

Music for the event is being provided by DJ Conrad, and guests can also take home a prize from the raffle and auction, featuring the post commander as auctioneer.

For more information, call (302) 537-1117 or (302) 732-6685.

American Legion Post 24 is located at Route 113 and Nine Foot Road, across from Royal Farms in Dagsboro.