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!
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/
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to all the young adults, especially Taylor Hayden, who organized the benefit in support of Iowa's Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for children who have a parent with cancer. This first of its kind event in Iowa City, was a great success with over 100 people donating close to $10,000 toward the costs of the summer camp. Excellent food as well. HomeBrewed was privileged to be a part.
Over 100 people came out to the Iowa City VFW to support student Veterans at the University of Iowa. Through the generosity of those in attendance, silent auction and raffle items and donations from the Iowa City and Riverside VFWs, over $10,000 was raised for the development of a new job placement initiative. Thanks to all who participated!
About 150 people came out for the Compeer Sound of Friendship Dessert Concert. Great fun to be able to join the other wonderful musicians-Al Zimmerman, Kol Shira and the UI acapella choir Intersection. Compeer provides peer support for people with mental illness and are in need of "friends" to assist their clients. Please consider volunteering. Also thank you to Kevin Sellers, who handled the sound board at the Our Redeemer Lutheran church and tried his best to make us sound good :0)
Thank to everyone who assisted with the Last Dash Holiday Food Bank fundraiser. We raised $1900 and collected 1000 lbs of food and to help those in need this holiday season.
The benefit concert yesterday, the culmination of the drive, was standing room only. Mr Kevin BF Burt was his usual outstanding self for two sets and a shout out to my colleagues in HomeBrewed who rocked the place.
Special thanks to our University of Iowa partners who helped collect food in advance:
Air Force ROTC
College of Dentistry
College of Public Health
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Public Policy Center
Also special thank you to the Mill for hosting the event
We are arranging a great line up of benefit gigs for 2018-stay tuned.
We hope you have a joyous holiday season.
Thank you to the 150 people who came out to the 2017 Men Who Cook (and a few good women) Benefit Concert. The Event raised almost $25,000 that will be used to assist adults who can benefit from a positive daytime environment (as well as their caregivers). Great job to the event organizers. We also really appreciated that the crowd danced up a storm! Great fun for all.