Gary Sinise, Lt. Dan Band confirmed for Lt. Dan Week 4

emoody@beaufortgazette.comMarch 6, 2013 

In this file photo, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band perform at a benefit concert at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park which raised money for veterans as part of the third annual Lt. Dan Weekend.

JAY KARR, STAFF PHOTO

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform once again during Beaufort's annual event and fundraiser to support and honor wounded veterans.

Previously referred to as Lt. Dan Weekend, this year's festivities are being referred to as Lt. Dan Week 4 to reflect a week of activities and events, spokesman Dick Clarke said.

The event will run from Sept. 9 to 15, with Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band playing Sept. 14. Entertainment for the preceding Friday has not been set, but Clarke said they are trying to arrange a "very recognizable name."

Organizers are also planning additional events over several months, including a silent auction and banquet on Hilton Head Island and a progressive dinner in downtown Beaufort, Clarke said.

"We want to continue to keep people aware of the needs of our severely wounded veterans," he said.

Last year's event raised about $200,000, half of which went toward expenses and the other half toward therapy and equipment for veterans. Another $100,000 of in-kind donations was raised for things such as lodging, food and transportation for the veterans.

A first-ever retreat for caregivers of wounded veterans was held last weekend. The caregivers were given an opportunity to fellowship, relax and learn how to better take care of themselves as well as their veterans, Clarke said.

Advance, discounted tickets for Sinise and the band are on sale at www.LDW4.org for $25. That price is expected to increase June 1.

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