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Mary's Farm Sanctuary supported well at Big Grove 

Mary's Farm Sanctuary raised over $2500 in a fun event with mini horse, dogs, cats and lots of two legged animals. Outside the back of Big Grove turned out to be a perfect venue on one of the few beautiful days of the spring. A fun time had by all.

Thanks for improving the Catholic Worker House 

Over 250 people attended the third annual Catholic Worker House Benefit dinner/concert. The event raised $11,000 which is being used already to update and improve the 116 year old house with with new kitchen appliances, pantry shelving and a more hygienic countertop. New windows that actually open will also be installed before the end of the summer. Thank you to all who contributed to feed and house the less fortunate in our area.

Great UIVA event 

Thanks to the IC VFW, the Riverside VFW and the 100 folks who enjoyed a delicious pork tenderloin dinner and clearly enjoyed the music (which we certainly enjoy). The UIVA students came together when needed and did a terrific job.

Food Bank Blowout 

The 2018 Crisis Center Food Bank Last Dash benefit to wrap up Project Holiday was very special-thank you to all who attended and/or contributed. Over 150 people came out to the Mill, as we raised over $2500 toward holiday meals for the less fortunate! It was so much fun to play with Mr.Kevin Burt (and Phoebe). The crowd was clearly having fun. Thank you to all of the sponsors who provided donations for the raffle, which was a huge success.

Great support for Penfield at Linnemans in Milwaukee 

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended and supported the fundraiser for the Penfield Children's Center held at Jim Linneman's fantastic music venue in Milwaukee. It was a very special night with an enthusiastic crowd of over 100 people packing Linnemans listening to Grant Lewis's fantastic ballads and HomeBrewed's bluesy Rock and Roll. Over $2400 was raised toward a new playground at Penfield. An added benefit was that the event brought together family and friends, some of whom had not seen each other in 30+ years, and others who traveled significant distances to be there. Penfield is a special place, staffed by special people, including my niece Stephanie Shabangu who organized the event. The support from the community (in the broadest sense of the word) was incredible. I know the members of HomeBrewed enjoyed the evening immensely. Thank you!

You Raised the Roof for the IC Free Clinic! 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Mill for the benefit gig to support the Free Medical and Dental Clinics' efforts to put a new roof on the building. Together we were able to raise over $2000 to stop the leaks. Thanks to Two Bit Maniac and all who donated. If you weren't able to attend but would like to donate, you can give online at: http://freemedicalclinic.org/

New member of the band 

HomeBrewed is very excited to introduce our new drummer Cameron Gray. Cameron is a current dental student and has been playing percussion since the age of 7, mainly playing in school and church bands. His favorite genre of music is indie rock and likes to collect records in his free time. Cameron will be sharing drummer duties with Jacob as schedules allow (for some reason dental school seems like it can be a busy time!). We appreciate the willingness of both Cameron and Jacob to share their time and talent for others.

Iowa City Public Library benefit a great success 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the ICPL's outreach programs last night at the Mill. About 75 people came out on a Tuesday to help raise $1100 for the Library's Foundation. Patty McCarthy and the ICPL Foundation Board are doing great things to bring the valuable resources of the library out to the community. Please support them whenever you can.

Thanks for supporting domestic violence prevention 

Over 100 people came out to the Mill to support the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and the Rape Victim Advocacy Program last Sunday in less than ideal weather. Between the gate, raffle, silent auction, and pledge cards, about $2000 was raised to help keep the phone consulting service operating for families in need. It was a pleasure playing along with Two Bit Maniac who were outstanding. Another fun event for a great cause. Thanks to all who attended and helped with the organization of the benefit.