herever Double D performs, CJ sells Double D’s CDs and patches with the Healing Box logo for $10 each.
Every week Dave and CJ Dunklee travel to the Harry S Truman Memorial VA Hospital in Columbia to give guitar lessons to disabled veterans. An average of 50 men and women show up to take part in the free program which continues to grow.
It’s called the Healing Box Project, formed by the Lake area couple as a non-profit to teach wounded soldiers how to play the guitar in an effort to help them heal from injuries suffered during combat. So far 90 guitars have been distributed to veterans.
While CJ handles coordinating the program, the lessons are given by Dave, a retired music teacher and member of the band Double D. Several fundraisers are coming up to fund the charity.
The largest fundraiser of the year, the 5th annual Soldier Benefit will be held June 4 at The Fish & Co. from 12-5 p.m. A silent auction of cool artwork, signed guitars (Charlie Daniels and Van Halen), Royals baseball tickets, gift certificates, Mizzou tickets, and more will be held. There will be live music, on the lakeside patio and deck, with indoor air conditioning and seating available.
For more information, go to Veteran Program - The Healing Box Project on Facebook, or www.thehealingboxproject.org where you can also make an online contribution.
Live Music: Wherever Double D performs, CJ sells Double D’s CDs and patches with the Healing Box logo for $10 each. For a full schedule of events, check the Lake Live.
Here are a few of Double D’s upcoming shows:
May 26: Shawnee Bluff Winery, 5-9 p.m.
May 28: Angelo’s, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
June 2: Cabana Jones’ Lakeside Bar, 5-9 p.m.
June 3: Cabana Jones’ Lakeside Bar, 5-9 p.m.
June 4: Fish & Co, 12-6 p.m.
June 9: Shawnee Bluff Winery, 5-9 p.m.
June 10: Wild Oaks Campground, 6-10 p.m.
June 11: Angelo’s, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
June 12: Frankie & Louie’s, 6-10 p.m.
June 16: Cabana Jones’ Lakeside Bar, 5-9 p.m.
June 17: PaPPo’s, 7-10 p.m.
June 18: Fish & Co., 1-5 p.m.