DARLINGTON—Five local bands are giving back to the community by performing in a fundraising concert for the Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County (MHLC).
“BAND-AID 3” will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at Bridges Banquet Center in Darlington. Each of the five bands will perform for approximately an hour, starting at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Memorial Hospital, First National Bank at Darlington, First Banking Center-Darlington and Benton State Bank. All proceeds will benefit MHLC as the auxiliary addresses comfort needs of patients, community and staff.
Band-aid 3 will also feature food specials, a 50/50 raffle and “Trees for a Cause,” a silent auction of fully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other craft items. Proceeds from the auction will be used for enhancements at the hospital emergency room department. The “Trees for a Cause” will be on display starting Nov. 21 at Bridges Banquet Center. Bidding will end at 9 p.m. on Dec. 2.
Mary Roelli, MHLC emergency room director, said the hospital auxiliary agreed to help with equipment purchases for the emergency room department. Roelli asked for digital clocks for the trauma room, overhead boom lighting, critical care cart mobile unit to use between the two emergency rooms and new flooring in the family room.
“We just finished our last state survey for our designation. One of the reasons the auxiliary chose us as a project was because we actually feel that we had a more than successful state survey… We had a very, very positive survey… We have been able to maintain a level of care that is very, very good.”
Roelli said the community pulls together well to support the hospital and support each other.
“I think we’re seeing an increased use of our ER, which is indicative, hopefully, of increased awareness of our facility and increased trust that they’re going to get good care,” Roelli said. “We are so grateful to the auxiliary for the things that they are going to purchase for us because they are going to make the flow of work much more efficient. It’s going to be a great benefit for us.”
Jody Tuescher, secretary of the auxiliary, said the ER equipment that was requested would not be budgeted for by the hospital.
“If [the auxiliary] didn’t help [the ER] purchase them, they probably would not be purchased because everything in the health field is very expensive,” Tuescher said.
The auxiliary consists of 25 members of hospital staff and community members.
History of BAND-AID
Tuescher said the fundraiser started as a tour of homes several years ago. “Our wish list items were getting a little bit more costly, so we decided to look into doing a couple more fundraisers,” Tuescher said. “We had a lot of local talent, so the idea of Band-aid was pretty obvious.”
In 2009 the first Band-aid concert was formed. In 2010 the concert was paired with the tour of homes, but inclement weather resulted in a low turnout to both events. This year Band-aid returns as a solo event, but Tuescher said the tour of homes will alternate years with the concert in the future.
Sue Paquette, community outreach for MHLC, said Band-aid consists of local talent that each draws a different crowd. Tom Black of Darlington will be the emcee for the night. Each of the bands donates their time for the fundraiser.
Meet the talent
The first band to take the stage will be Stump Fiddle Band at 5 p.m. The band uses instruments that are all their own. They provide a down-home, easy style of classic, country and gospel hits. Band members include Rick Loken, Barb Nemec, Greg McGowan, Dick Black and Dick White.
Second to take to the stage will be Swamp Bottom Boys. All of the members—including Johnny “Flash” Carrington on guitar; Barb Nemec on fiddle, banjo and bass; Robert “Dr. Bob” Falsey on guitar; Mark
“Majik” Johnson on bass and vocals; and Gene Montgomery and Tim “Bucket” Pehl on vocals—are multi-talented and involved with vocals. The band features a variety of music, which includes country, rock,
blues, harmony and gospel.
Sexy Ester and Pretty Mama Sisters is a five-piece Madison-based power-pop/rock band. Lindsay Evans fronts the band on vocals, backed by Adam Edar on guitar, Paul Kennedy on drums, Brad Schubert on bass
and Roscoe Evans on keyboards. The band swept the alternative category at this year’s Madison Area Music Awards taking home performer, song and album of the year. Evans was honored with the female vocalist of the year award.
Sunshine is a power trio of guitar, electric bass and drums consisting of members Tom Bussan, Bill Eaton and Mike Dunbar. The group has been playing together 50 weekends a year since 1975. They perform hits from the late 1950s to 1980s blended with traditional and contemporary country music.
No stranger to Darlington, Transition will round out the show. Four Darlington High School graduates formed the band in 1985. Current band members Jim Jacobson on guitar, Rich Leinberger on bass guitar and keyboards, Dave McGranahan on guitar and Steve Fitzsimons on drums will perform their favorite classic rock songs, focusing on music from the Beatles, John Cougar and other groups from the 1960s-80s.
Contact Sue Paquette at 776-5731 for more information about the event.