Aubie Strong Benefit Concert slated for Saturday
by Beth Sergent
POINT PLEASANT — There are 23 performers and countless volunteers rallying together to pull off the Aubie Strong Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 29.
The concert starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. at Point Pleasant’s Riverfront Park with all proceeds going to help offset the health expenses of seven-year old Aubra (Aubie) Smith who has been battling leukemia.
Admission to the concert is donations only. There will be plenty of prize drawings for items donated by local businesses, a silent auction and concessions for sale. In addition, for $5 kids can buy and decorate their own t-shirt at a decorating station and original t-shirts for the concert will also be for sale.
The event has something for everyone including a chance to go on a helicopter ride with a Healthnet crew. Those in attendance can purchase a ticket for $5 or an arm’s length for $20 to be entered into a drawing for the free ride donated by Healthnet. The winner will be chosen at the end of the evening and the ride will be scheduled for a later date with the winner as well as Aubie and her mother.
Though Aubie and her family live in Bidwell, Ohio, they have ties to Point Pleasant with Leah being from Mason County and Darin working at Pleasant Valley Hospital’s Wellness Center. Aubie is in second grade at Addaville Elementary. She has an older sister, Kenzie and a younger brother, Jansyn.
Aubie is currently in remission though it’s still a long road ahead with her recently starting her maintenance phase of treatment. The doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio predict she will finish treatments on Jan. 31, 2014.
The following is a complete list of performers for Saturday’s concert which includes clogging groups, gospel, R&B, rock, etc.: 10 a.m., Riverside Cloggers; 10:30 a.m., Willie Atwood; 10:50 a.m., Bill Hawks; 11:10 a.m., Jacob Gilmore; 11:30 a.m., Dylan Rees; 11:50 a.m., Life Springs Church Band; 12:40 p.m., Annette Holliday; 1 p.m., Silence the Ocean; 1:45 p.m., The Hated; 2:20 p.m., Kayleigh Elliott; 2:40 p.m., Robert Fulton; 3 p.m., Rosalyn Tribble; 3:20 p.m., R.E.; 3:40 p.m., Josiah and Audrey; 4 p.m., Jack and Brittany; 4:40 p.m., The Dub V’s; 5:25 p.m., Another Enemy; 5:55 p.m., Myth of Autumn; 6:40 p.m., Devil By Design; 7:30 p.m., 5:42; 8:15 p.m., Stillwater; 9 p.m., Backwoods Gold; 10 p.m., Betrayed by the Bullet.
All performers donated their time to the cause.
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