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Local bands coming together to benefit Sandy Hook Elementary

Thursday, January 3, 2013

(Submitted photo) Linton rock band "King McQueen" will be one of five musical acts featured at a Jan. 12 fundraiser that will benefit the survivors and family of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month. The band includes: Heather Dawn Smith - lead vocals; Dickie Phillips - guitar/vocals; Ryan Irish-guitar/vocals; Ed Sharkus - bass/vocals and Brian Rumple - drums.
Five area bands are teaming up to reach out and offer some financial assistance to the victim's of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month in Newtown, Conn.

A benefit will be hosted Jan. 12 at the Odon Tavern.

There is no charge to attend the adult's only event open to patrons 21 years and older. However, donations will be accepted and a variety of items and products will be auctioned.

The benefit, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature the musical talents of Linton-based "King McQueen", "Notorious Betty", from the Sullivan area, "Chaos" ---- a local all-star band, and "Demolition", also from the Linton area.

Also, the acoustic stylings of Franny Hall, from North Vernon, will open the show.

"This is very exciting, she is a fabulous singer/songwriter with a great mix of covers and originals," says veteran singer/songwriter Paul Pete Porter, of Bloomfield, who is helping to promote the benefit.

All the bands have donated their time and talents to make this event possible, according to Porter.

King McQueen performed at last year's Linton Music Festival.

Porter has teamed up with Bloomfield native Tracy Lady and Odon Tavern manager Mykalyn Cobb to organize the benefit.

All proceeds will go to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund. The school's PTA will administer the fund, which will provide counseling to survivors, pay for funeral expenses for victims, create a scholarship fund for the school's students, and fund a memorial, Porter said.

"We're going to have an all-star line-up of bands to benefit the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims," Porter explained. "I know a lot of the local musicians and I woke up one day and I was all depressed about the news and all this stuff that has gone on with the shooting and with the way (both sides - Democrats and Republicans) have handled this. It seems like no one was talking about the victims. They were talking about gun control and other issues."

The Dec. 14 shooting rampage by 20-year-old Adam Lanza left 20 young students and six adults dead.

Porter continued, "I contacted some of my musicians friends and said 'Hey, let's do something positive if you guys will volunteer and come and play and we'll have an auction and raise some money for this fund. I had the idea and talked to some of my musician friends and said 'Let's show up with our instruments'."

Organizers will take donations, have an auction and sell special designed T-shirts to benefit the victim's families.

Organizers are also seeking sponsors for the event and anyone interested in donating items towards the auction, baked goods or funds to purchase T-shirts to sell at the event.

Lady pointed out that coupons from local gift/floral shops, restaurants, individual consultants (Scentsy, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc.); and hair salons would be ideal for the auction.

"They of course would receive recognition for their donations," she stated.

Anyone wanting to donate items for the auction, or make a donation to the relief fund, can contact Porter by calling (812) 227-0761 or Lady by email at tllady@iu.edu or by phone (812) 709-0528. Items can also be dropped off at the Odon Tavern, 101 W. Main St., or call to have the items picked up.

"We would need to have the donations by Jan. 11 and we could arrange a pick-up for the donations," Lady added.

Porter said it will be a good show.

"We've got enough bands and if we have enough people, we'll play until the bar closes," Porter added. "There is no cover charge. It's free to the public ... it's really wonderful that they are all stepping up. These are some great bands. I'm very proud of all of them for coming to play. It's truly a great opportunity for Greene County to see great bands, have a great time and help a great cause."

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how are u raising $? with no cover charge?

-- Posted by willam* on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 11:57 PM

sorry didnt read about auction...

-- Posted by willam* on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 12:01 AM

There is a Facebook event page open to the public

where you can see pictures of auction items and keep up with the news on the benefit. The big news last night Sally Small Colts Cheerleader will be at the event. The bands also have facbook pages look then up for more info these are some phenomenal bands.

-- Posted by steam train on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 7:48 AM

I Just had the famous fish sandwich at Odon Tavern it was DELICIOS they will be available at the benefit till 8:30pm then they will have assorted appertizer for sale till midnight and they showed me a tailgate cooler, with a stand and speakers she has for the aution you may have to out bid me

-- Posted by steam train on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 9:05 PM

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