Bellamy Brothers benefit

Money to help Foster Families Foundation

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By Janelle Patterson

The Marietta Times

jpatterson@mariettatimes.com

For the second year tickets are going fast for a benefit concert to provide foster children in Washington County with important pieces of a childhood.

“We see that these kids have been really dealt a rough hand and while their foster parents get a stipend for the basic necessities, there’s not money for things like little league, dance classes, boy scouts or camps,” said Doug Mallet, chairman of the Washington County Foster Families Foundation.

The foundation was formed after a benefit concert last year with country artist Tanya Tucker brought in $33,466 for the cause. This year the foundation is again hosting a benefit concert at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, this time with The Bellamy Brothers.

“This Saturday’s concert with the Bellamy Brothers is the latest in a number of benefit events for local nonprofits that have been held at the theater since we reopened almost two years ago,” said Drew Tanner, marketing director for the theater. “Being available for benefit events like this was really among the top reasons our founding board members sought to bring our historic theater back to life. It’s really a win-win–the organization gets a first-class venue for hosting their event, and the rental itself helps support the continued preservation of the theater, which will be turning 100 years old in just over a year.”

Tanner said the headliners recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of “Let Your Love Flow,” which was the first of more than two dozen top ten country and cross-over hits they’ve had over the years.

“They’re also the most nominated duo in country music history,” he said. “They hold the record for most duo nominations in both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association Awards. We’re really looking forward to seeing Howard and David and their band on our stage here in downtown Marietta for a great cause.”

Mallet said he is excited to see the community support and called this Saturday’s event a chance to not only show compassion for children in need, but also enjoy both the Bellamy Brothers and local artists, Steve and Beverly Pottmeyer, who will be opening the show.

“It will be a fun country night,” he said. “We want to raise more this year than last and it’s a pretty hard cause not to support if you have compassion in your heart.”

As of Wednesday Tanner said 90 percent of the tickets have been sold.

“So I won’t be surprised if we’ve sold out by Saturday,” he added. “The wild part is that this is their last U.S. tour stop before they head off on an international tour that’s taking them to South Africa, Namibia and Sri Lanka.”

Remaining tickets are available at peoplesbanktheatre.com or can be purchased at the box office weekdays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Mallet said the funds are then managed by the foundation and coordinated with foster families’ case workers to provide opportunities for extracurricular activities for foster children.

He also noted the remaining members of the foundation board: Flite Freimann, Matt Evans, Ted Mugrage, Tim Loughry and Jim Vuksic.

At a glance

Bellamy Brothers Benefit Concert for the Washington County Foster Families Foundation:

¯ When: 8 p.m. Saturday.

¯ Where: Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta.

¯ Cost: $39-$125.

¯ How to purchase tickets: Peoplesbanktheatre.com or can be purchased at the box office weekdays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Source: Peoples Bank Theatre.

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