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WHAT: Cancer Benefit Concert
WHEN: 2-9 p.m. Sunday, June 24
WHERE: Ceasars Crystal Palace, 1058 Cleveland Road, Sandusky
INFO: (419) 626-4548
Free Beer Band, a locally based classic rock band, is hosting a cancer benefit concert on Sunday, June 24 to raise funds for Cancer Services on Perkins Road in Sandusky.
We know that a benefit may sound boring, but from what we’ve learned, it's going to be anything but. There will be raffles, a silent auction, beer, food and live music — plus, there’s no admission fee.
The raffle and silent auction will feature over 230 prizes, all donated from local businesses, including gas cards, restaurant gift cards, wine baskets, free oil changes and car washes, Toledo Mud Hens tickets and much more.
There will also be free punch, water and coffee, and for just $5 you can get a shredded chicken or ham sandwich, a side of baked beans or chips and a cookie.
So, basically, Free Beer Band is inviting you to a free concert where you can win awesome prizes, eat great food, get your drink on and donate money to a great cause.
This won't be the band's first benefit concert. The band hosts a charity benefit concert every two years. Eric Schnell, lead vocalist of Free Beer Band, said that the band plays lots of shows in the area, so their benefit concerts are how they give back.
"We're trying to give back something to help someone else out," said Schnell.
The decision to make Cancer Services the beneficiary had a lot to do with Schnell's mother being one of their clients. She was diagnosed with breast cancer about a year ago and is now in remission. Schnell said that Cancer Services has been a big help.
"I wanted to do something for them, since they do so much for my mom," Schnell said in a statement.
But Schnell's mother isn't the only one who will be helped. The money that is raised at the event will help fund free programs that Cancer Services offers to all of their clients, such as financial assistance for medication, supplies, transportation to medical appointments, medical equipment and more.
We talked to Peggy Miller, executive director of Cancer Services about how the event was put together.
“[Eric] just asked [the bands] to participate and they really stepped up to the plate to help out," Miller said.
The music will range from classic rock to motown to country and more, with performances by Dry Ice, Motown Experience, Drunken Angel, Tag R, Country Express and of course, Free Beer Band.
“A little something for everyone,” Miller said.