By SCOTT DUKE
VISTANCIA – They call it “Thirsty Troop Thursday,” when members of the Trilogy at Vistancia Veterans Club get together on the second Thursday of each month to share war stories, exchange experiences in the military and enjoy the company of like-minded military veterans.
The Veterans Club has a membership of over 180 members and it includes all military branches of service, including the Royal Canadian Air Force and the United Kingdoms’ Royal Navy. The club, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supports a wide-variety of charities including, Soldier’s Best Friend, Veterans Outreach Center, and U.S. VETS.
This month, Thirsty Troop Thursday, or Triple T as club members call it, was a little more special. Trilogy Veterans Club President, Scott Duke, along with over 20 members of the club were on hand to present a letter of appreciation to the owner Cross Eyed Cricket sports bar, Mark Gaydosz.
“Mark and his staff provide exceptional support to the Trilogy Veterans Club,” Duke said. “Whether it is supporting our Veterans Club Golf Tournament in November, monthly meeting space for Triple T, or making room for club members to watch interservice rivalry games on the sports bar’s big screen, they are always welcoming and seeing what they can do to make our experience with them better.”
While presenting the framed letter to the owner, Duke talked about the club’s plan to purchase gym-sized military flags, so the bar can display them at the sports bar.
“We do what we can help out, but that is the least we can do to try to give something back to our military veterans,” Gaydosz remarked, while thanking the veterans club and saying he would be honored to display the flags.
The Cross Eyed Cricket is a sports bar, located at 28615 El Mirage Road in Peoria. Since its opening earlier this year, it has quickly become a “go-to” spot for neighborhood families.
For more information about The Cross Eyed Cricket visit CrossEyedCricketPeoria.com. For more information about the club visit trilogyveteransclub.org.