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March 25, 2011

Band Blitz Weekend benefits developmentally disabled

Music showcase Saturday, Sunday at Outdoor Club

CUMBERLAND — The annual Band Blitz Weekend to assist developmentally disabled residents in the area will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Cumberland Outdoor Club, with 17 bands signing on to provide entertainment over the course of the two-day party.

This is the 11th year for the fundraiser and the third year the event has been held at the club located at 31 Thomas St.

The music will start at 1 p.m. both days and run into the night.

As in past years, organizer Tim Haines, himself an accomplished musician, has assembled the eclectic lineup of bands that donate their time to entertain the crowds.

Tickets will be available at the door for the weekend music showcase, with proceeds to benefit developmentally disabled individuals who receive services through Friends Aware and the Abilities Network.

Scheduled to perform, in alphabetical order, are Beyond Down, Captain Howdy, Charlie Kenney, Cramer Brothers and Haines, John Wilson and Steve Baer, John Felton and the Soulmobile, Lady Invidia, Nubie, The Packing Peanuts, Project 37, Public Menace, Simon Sez, So Low, Sonic Mule, Strangers with Candy, Transcending and Tucker Hill Haze.

Haines and Kim Plummer started the fundraiser more than a decade ago with the late Debbie Ray.

“It started out after seeing that there was a definite need,” said Haines, who estimated the first year’s crowd at about 150 people. “A lot of the disabled people who we worked with got an SSI (Supplemental Security Income) check but all the money basically went for their group home or subsidized housing and other expenses. Often there wasn’t anything left for activities or other special needs.”

In the past, money raised from Band Blitzes has been used to help a man with the Abilities Network attend a driver’s education course, said Haines. He passed his driver’s test and is now on the road, increasing his mobility — and helping him reach his full potential.

Clients have attended outings such as the Harlem Globetrotters show at Frostburg State University. Money has gone to help pay funeral expenses and buy shoes, clothing and other personal articles as the need arises.

Tip jars will be in operation. Raffles and 50/50 drawings will be held. Commemorative T-shirts will be available. The club will offer its full menu, but hamburgers and lighter fare will be available, too.

Rusty Godwin of Light Moves and Dean Riley of Data Sound will handle production duties during the benefit.

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