Community comes together for Smart-Soucie American Legion Post 176 barbecue fundraiser

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — Community bonding, live music and grilled chicken brought about good times for those who attended a barbecue fundraiser at Smart-Soucie American Legion Post 176 in Eagle Lake on Sunday. 

About 170 meals were sold, including 40 donated to those in need, according to American Legion District 17 Commander and Smart-Soucie Post 176 Commander Leroy McKenzie.

The chicken was grilled by Post 176 Legionnaires Tony Dube, Jim Scotty and Dave Leclere. 

Auxiliary members helped prepare the meal, which included pasta salads, rolls and brownies a la mode. 

Local musicians donated their time to entertain people at the event including The River Ukes, a St. John Valley ukulele group, and singer and guitarist Charles Ouellette, owner of St. John Valley Pharmacy.

Also attending were past National Vice Commander Lloyd Woods, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Eagle Lake Town Manager John Sutherland. 

“Everybody seemed very pleased with being able to share in each other’s company, listen to music and enjoy delicious food,” McKenzie said. 

Money raised from the event will help support building expenses, youth programs, community projects, the purchase of flags and other activities. 

“Honestly, it gets split between so many different things,” McKenzie said. 

Post 176 currently has 86 Legionnaires.

The band Centerline will appear at a Smart-Soucie post fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. The cost of admission is $10 per person. 

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