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Local band 40 Years of College will perform a benefit concert for Our Hospice of South Central Indiana at 8 p.m. Saturday at Columbus North High School’s Judson Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St.
The band has been the opening act occasionally for hospice’s annual Labor Day weekend concert that attracts thousands and usually raises about $100,000 for the nonprofit agency treating terminally ill patients and their families.
The event will help Our Hospice recoup prospective funds its leaders figure it lost from the concert with Tommy James and the Shondells, which was rained out on Aug. 31 at Mill Race Park. Proceeds come from sales of souvenirs and food at the event. All proceeds from the benefit concert will help provide care and services for Our Hospice patients with an advanced illness and their families, regardless of their ability to pay.
Sandy Carmichael, Our Hospice president, said she appreciates the community feedback and support, including $3,000 from individuals since the rainout.
“Whether it was a note, phone call or donation, the outpouring of care and concern was truly appreciated,” Carmichael said.
“We’re sad the 2013 hospice concert was rained out,” said Dr. Roy Goode, Our Hospice’s medical director and a member of 40 Years of College. “We want to support the community and Our Hospice, and this is our way of giving back.”
Band manager Warren Ward said the musicians simply wanted to help however possible.
“Our Hospice is so important to the community that we wanted to try to replace at least some of their lost revenue,” Ward said.
Local choral teacher and performer Janie Gordon, a former vocalist with the band, will return for a few songs.
The concert will open with video segments of Tommy James and The Shondells’ “LIVE! At The Bitter End (Greenwich Village in New York).”
Clips will include rare photos of the group and also many of their from the 1960s, including “Draggin’ the Line,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Hanky Panky,” and “Mony Mony!”
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