The Mt. Carmel Elks Lodge #715 has a “Special Treat/Salute” for our local veterans and active duty members of our armed forces! Each veteran/active duty military and his/her spouse/guest are invited to attend the upcoming SALUTE TO VETERANS: A TRIBUTE TO BOB HOPE & AMERICA’S HEROES” professional show in the Brubeck Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, compliments of the Elks. The Elks is providing a free ticket to the show and a reception in the Brubeck Arts Center Gallery prior to the show.

For decades, Bob Hope and Veteran Tribute Shows went together like peanut butter and jelly. Now, those with fond memories of the celebrated comedian will have the chance to relive the experience, and those too young to remember just how revered an entertainer the inimitable Hope was, will get an opportunity for an introduction. This early television-style USO review was written by the show’s director, Chuck Carson. Carson created this production as an homage to Hope and to honor our veterans. The legendary Hope began entertaining troops in WWII and continued in Korea, Vietnam, and beyond. Starring as Hope will be Lynn Roberts. Carson first met Roberts while producing a USO-type show honoring Veterans of California. “He was amazing,” Carson says of Roberts as Hope. “It was like being there with Hope. He’s beyond being an impersonator. He’s an actor who assumes the persona of the celebrity.” Kelly Hope, son of the legendary performer, saw Lynn for the first time in an Arizona engagement and stated to the audience, “Gee, it was great seeing my Dad on stage again.” Also making a guest vocal appearance in the production will be Sue Schriber.

Reservations for tickets for the Veterans & active duty members of our Armed Forces and their spouse/guest should be made by contacting Louise Acree at 263-4999, ext. 3379 or acreel@iecc.edu, or at 262-5069, or 262-3991 by Friday, October 27.