"We hope that people will support our effort and bring stuff," said Davis. Hotaling also asked Donny "Elvis" Romines to perform. Romines has been an Elvis impersonator for the past 18 years, and said he was happy to donate his talent for the event.
"This Wednesday is the anniversary of Elvis' death," said Romines, who noted that his hour-long show would be a tribute to The King. "I have a lot of fun with my shows. I want people to have fun too."
His show begins at 7 p.m., but Davis will be serving as DJ before and after the show, playing music from the baby boom years (1946-1964).
The Support Your Troops Fundraiser will also feature a raffle. Local businesses like Jim's Citgo in Ballston, Saratoga Flag, Dunkin Donuts, The Silo, Harbor House Fish Fry, Jan's Florist, Peanut Principle and Albany-Saratoga Speedway have all donated items for the raffle.
So when you show up at PJ's BAR-B-Q on Friday night, look for Carol Hotaling. She'll likely be wearing the bright yellow T-shirt that identifies her as "The Yellow Ribbon Lady" and she will be near a van, donated by Jack Byrne Ford and Mercury. Byrne donated the van so that Hotaling would have a means to store and transport the donations brought in by customers.
"It's very important to remember our troops," said Hotaling. "For the people living here, we need to ask 'what is our freedom worth?'""