As many of you know, my son Oliver, was diagnosed with cancer last February. Our family has been in and out of multiple hospitals in Chapel HIll and New York City over the past year for Oliver's treatment. It's been a very tough year but throughout this, one thing that is certain is that the Raleigh community as a whole has put their hearts and arms around us like no other situation we've ever experienced in our lives.
The latest group hug comes from Indy Week who have organized the Racing the Cure benefit on Friday for Oliver's medical bills and CaringBridge, an online network that has helped our family tremendously over the past year. We could have never imagined that a few of these bands would play such an event and much less this many bands. We can't express our gratitude to the Raleigh community enough and have decided, along with the support of Marjorie Hodges at Flanders Art Gallery and Jane Hoppen from St. Baldrick's, to gather a few of our favorite restaurants, beverage makers and musicians for a low-key kickoff event before the concerts that evening.
So, come to Flanders Gallery on Friday, March 23rd to kickoff the Racing the Cure benefit concert for Oliver Gant. A family-friendly event, the Flanders kickoff is from 5 to 7pm and features live music, a speaker from the St. Baldrick's Foundation, City Council Member Bonner Gaylord (who shaved his head a few weeks ago and raised $11,000 for St. Baldrick's) and light h'orderves. Tickets are not required and there is no cost to attend although donations to St. Baldrick's are welcome.
Food and drinks donated by: Dos Taquitos Centro, Capital Club 16, Crumb, Sour Grapes Wine, Counter Culture Coffee, Big Boss Brewing and LoneRider Brewing Co.
Live performances by Matt Douglas (of The Small Ponds) and Stuart Robinson & Daniel Michalak (of Bombadil).
More on the Racing the Cure benefit sponsored by Indy Week, Capital Club 16 and Hopscotch here.
We've also created a Facebook event page for the event.