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Benefit concert to aid Harry Chapin Food Bank

By Staff | Jul 5, 2010


Band enthusiasts can attend a benefit concert which will provide food and financial assistance for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.  A special concert of bands will be held at Valerie’s Lounge, located at 17264 San Carlos Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach, beginning at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. 

Those attending are asked to donate a minimum of five non-perishable food items or $5 as admission.


Headlining the concert will be the band Strange Arrangement, playing at 3:30.  Other bands appearing will be Long Story Short at 2:15, The Drunk Monkeys at 5:00, and the T.J. Kelly Band at 7. Jet Sound is donating all sound and lighting for the event.


Attendees can also participate in a raffle for a Fender Strato Caster guitar, with the winning ticket number being drawn at 8 p.m. The guitar is being donated by Rick’s Music.


The benefit concert is being organized by Florida Gulf Coast University student Nick Forster as part of his Civic Engagement class, in which students select and become involved with a non-profit organization.  Forster selected the Harry Chapin Food Bank because he believes the increase in unemployment, economic recession, and the recent winter freeze have increased the need for food banks in the area.


Additional information about the benefit concert may be obtained by contacting Forster at 239-834-9132.


The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of more than 170 local nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties, who provide food to more than 20,000 people monthly. Some 675,000 pounds of food are distributed monthly. In the past fiscal year, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than eight million pounds of food and other grocery products.


Additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 239-334-7007 or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org.