Super Heroes and Sweethearts
Superheroes and Sweethearts is the theme for a charity concert featuring the music of Southern Drawl Band on Tuesday, July 11, at South Heart. The outdoor concert will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Lions Pavilion.
Bring a lawn chair—the Lions will serve sodas and water. Admission is a freewill offering to one of four families or to the South Heart Music Department. The public is encouraged to attend the evening of music and fundraising—100 percent of your freewill admission goes directly to the charities.
The families include:
• Silas Reinbein, age 4, who is being treated for leukemia.
• Dave Kostelecky, 42, who is being treated for colorectal cancer. After surgery, he will start chemotherapy. He and his wife, Penny, have two children.
• Haley Schallmo, of Dickinson, who is entering seventh grade. She is being treated for leukemia. She is a Special Olympics athlete.
• Cliff Brunmeier, of Dickinson, who is being treated for leukemia. He is getting a bone marrow transplant in Minneapolis. He is a husband, father and grandfather. He also is a special Olympics athlete.
"The premise is simple—we, with the help of sponsors—provide the music," said organizer Ginny Alexander. "Each group involved provides a couple of helpers to help with the setup and cleanup of the concert. That evening, each group sets up a table and the people who are coming to support them, pay their admission to that group. Whatever money they raise stays with them."
Alexander, who works for Southwest Water Authority (office and field) has helped with several fundraisers in recent months.
"I know what it's like to have a tough time," she said. "My sister, Cid Hewson Hunter, had pancreatic cancer—she was way into music. I'm doing this on the anniversary of her passing. My premise is we want to help as many people as we can... life happens."
Alexander defines the Superheroes as the moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and friends who "... support our dreams and are still there when we are battling an illness or hard times."
The Sweethearts include:
V 2016-17 Miss North Dakota High School Rodeo Queen Kimberly Bauer, who is auditioning for the Voice next year. She will serve as the opening act for the concert.
V Miss North Dakota Outstanding Teen Lyndsey Scheurer.
V Junior Miss Teen North Dakota International 2017 Alexis Thompson.
Brock White Entertainment will provide entertainment in between the musical performances.
"These three talented young ladies performed and helped raise money in February for 4-year-old Silas Rehbein who is battling leukemia," said Alexander.
"I think this should be our motto—"Find the Superhero or Sweetheart in you—make a difference by attending a concert or sharing a smile and a hug," she said.
A previous benefit was called "A Superheros and Sweethearts for Silas charity benefit."
"We had so much fun working together, we decided to host a concert to help multiple families and groups," Alexander said. "We're trying to help as many people battling cancer as we can. Today, anything can change at the blink of an eye—a child spikes a temperature and is rushed to the emergency room."
The Southern Drawl Band is from Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn. It's been described as Southern rockin' country music with a twist of lime distilled in the backwoods of Tennessee."
The band has been touring the United States since it organized in 2015.
"Tirelessly building our grassroots fan base from the ground up is the key to our success," said guitarist Mike Nash on their web site. "We have been honored to have won several awards for Band of the Year as well as Entertainer of the Year because of the support of our incredible fans who will regularly drive hundreds of miles for our shows and who have spread our message like wildfire."
They have opened for major artists such as Lynyrd Skynrd, Charlie Daniels Band, Neil McCoy, and Aaron Tippin. Their name, Southern Drawl Band, is described as a melting pot of sound, styles, attitude and entertainment. It's been defined in categories like country, Southern rock, tropical rock and even bluegrass, as stated on their web site.
"Bring an open heart and a wallet—every bit helps. It doesn't matter the amount. Helping others is what we're all about," said Alexander.
For more information visit facebook.com/Superheroesand Sweethearts.