Our Hospice will continue a policy of no rain location for Labor Day weekend concert

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana will continue its policy since 2014 of forgoing a rain location for its annual Labor Day weekend benefit classic rock concert.

Suzie Singer, the nonprofit agency’s manager of marketing and planning, said Our Hospice’s $20,000 rain insurance policy — one that pays if a quarter-inch of rain falls after 2 p.m. on concert day — helps give it at least a good chance of recovering some money in case of rain.

What if a weather-related cancellation occurs at its Mill Race Park event and a rain-coverage claim is denied, as has happened with the Columbus Area Arts Council’s latest concert?

“We would just have to look at the deficit we’re facing,” Singer said. “And we would have to look at various ways of making that up.”

She said she understood that some people might see a rain locale as a way to lighten or defray a possible deficit via sales of T-shirts, raffle tickets and food to a smaller-than-normal indoor crowd, such as the 2012 Columbus North High School gym gathering with Three Dog Night. A crowd of about 3,000 — only about 30 percent of Our Hospice’s normal draw at that time — attended the concert and at least raised some money for the cause through various purchases.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.