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Friends volunteer Destiny Eley reaches across the table to help Mr. Clifton get a chip on the correct square -- hopefully for a big win.

Friends volunteer Destiny Eley reaches across the table to help Mr. Clifton get a chip on the correct square — hopefully for a big win.

Chillier November weather at the Soldiers Home campus hasn’t stopped Friends volunteers, as 23 people headed up to the beautiful new Scott Building for Jingo Night on Nov. 14 and Saloon Night With Friends Nov. 5.

At Jingo Night, there was a zoo theme that residents and nine volunteers enjoyed. As volunteer George Smith put it, “My first Zoo Jingo and I had a blast!” Jingo is always a special night for Friends of the Soldiers Home, as it was the first event the Friends adopted after the group was created in November 2011. The activity on Nov. 14 marked the 22nd Jingo Night by the organization.

Back on Nov. 5, talented jazz singer Cecily Miles was one of 14 who volunteered time at Saloon Night With Friends. This was the sixth Saloon Night since Friends began it last year, and it has quickly grown to become one of the most popular offerings, both for volunteers and residents. The Defenders Inn at the Scott was packed with residents as Friends handed out food, served drinks and sat at table and visited with our veteran friends. Zach Hartman, the monthly host of this event, topped it off with kind words thanking our veteran friends. As residents and volunteers were packing it in after a great night, the fun still wasn’t over, as resident Patrick “Goldy” Goldsworthy whipped out his harmonica and played some impromptu tunes.

We can’t wait for our next event, Happy Hour, on the evening of Nov. 26. If you want to be part of the fun, drop a line to Mary Bucci at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gamil (dot) com

Friends volunteer Denver Lincoln shows how kids get into the act at Jingo Night, as he assists multiple residents in playing the game -- and has as much fun as they do. (Maybe even more.)

Friends volunteer Denver Lincoln shows how kids get into the act at Jingo Night, as he assists multiple residents in playing the game — and has as much fun as they do. (Maybe even more.)

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