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The Mega Community Benefit Concert will be held at Cedar Creek Golf Club on Saturday, August 2nd. The family-friendly event will be a day full of entertainment, food, and fun. The concert will feature local musicians including national country music recording artist, Megan Rae. The tribute bands Heartless (Heart) and Madd Company (Bad Company) are slated to appear. Battle Creek favorites, Francesca Amari, from the Boogie Woogie Babies, and John McAfee, from the featured band, Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach, are themselves Lakeview High School alums.
Proceeds from the fundraising event goes to two separate foundations. The Teri Elizabeth Christ Memorial Fund and a fund to assist in the medical costs for Nick Avery, a local wounded warrior. The Christ fund memorializes Teri Christ, a 1979 Lakeview graduate whose life touched so many of her classmates. One of the event’s professional musicians, Francesca Amari, was a close friend of the late Teri Christ, and remembers her fondly. Friends since the 4th Grade Mastersingers, Amari remembers, “playing Lucy to her Charlie Brown and performing ABBA songs in Fantasy. Teri was one of the nicest, funniest and dearest people I’ve ever met and she left a lasting impression on me.” Teri Christ’s fund is established at the Battle Creek Community Foundation and goes towards the betterment of young children and their educational needs.
The second of the two causes that will benefit from the Community Concert is Nick Avery, a local veteran wounded in the Gulf War. Avery, a Harper Creek graduate, served two tours in Iraq where he was exposed to five IED blasts at close range. On his return, he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was treated at the VA Hospital, but his condition steadily declined. Nearly ten years after his discharge, Nick was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The untreated brain injury had worn him down, and the VA Hospital was unable to give him the acute care he needed in the long-term. His family moved him to the Eisenhower Residential Center in Ann Arbor, where brain specialists are helping him regain his speech and motor skills. Since the center is a private facility, the VA cannot defray the costs. Half of the proceeds from the Mega Concert will go directly to the Eisenhower Center where Nick’s rehabilitation care costs more than $1,000 per day.
One of the headliners of the Mega Community Benefit Concert is Megan Rae, an 18 year-old Vicksburg native. Rae is an up-and-coming young country singer, who has been likened to both Linda Ronstadt and Trisha Yearwood. Her debut music video, “Anywhere You Wanna Go Day” was directed by Grammy winning photographer and director, Jim Shea. The video and single from her self-titled album premiered on TCN/The Country Network. The Nashville music community is fast embracing Megan Rae. CMA Close Up magazine, the magazine of the Country Music Association, named her to the coveted “Who New to Watch In 2012,” list. Rae will treat concert-goers with her dynamic style and unique interpretation of original songs and country classics.
The concert grew out of a Lakeview reunion committee’s desire to create an event with more impact than a typical reunion weekend. Jodi (Perkins) Clock, one of the event organizers, hopes to attract hundreds of Battle Creek families to this community event. “The event will be pretty spectacular, but the funds we raise are the most important thing,” says Clock. “We hope that those who are unable to attend will contribute directly to the fund of their choice.” Tickets for the Mega Community Benefit Concert are $35 each. Concert tickets can be purchased by mail or via PayPal, where monetary donations are also accepted. Details can be found on the Mega Concert Event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BattleCreekMegaCommunityConcert.
The music begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 2nd. So pack up the family and spend the day at Cedar Creek Golf Club enjoying good food, good music, and good company in support of these worthy local causes.