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Don't Miss Sister Hazel's Lyrics for Life: An Evening of Making Music Matter!

Event will benefit Lyrics for Life's Camp Hazelnut and Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, is set to host the 2018 Lyrics for Life in their hometown of Gainesville, FL this Friday, September 14. Presented byRich and Carissa Blaser, the evening event will raise funds for the non-profit charities Lyrics for Life's Camp Hazelnut and Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation as well as with all Lyrics For Life events, STOP Children's Cancer in Gainesville, FL. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres as they browse a star-studded silent auction, featuring items from some of the music industry's biggest names. This year, the auction features 12 lyric-inspired pieces from artists including Sir Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Toby Keith, and James Taylor. You can register, view auction items, and donate HERE. There will also be special guest performances by Javier Colon, The Voice Season one winner, and Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon. September is also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is a month dedicated to honoring youth who have battled cancer and highlighting the work that needs to be done to prevent and treat cancer.  Date: Friday, September 14

Time: Sponsor Reception Doors: 6:30PM General Doors: 7:00 PM Concert: 8:00 PM After-Show:10:30 PM

Location: Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall 3000 NW 83rd St E-127 Gainesville, FL 32606

Tickets: Tickets are $150 and available HERE. Dress: Concert Attire / Business Casual "Last year’s Lyric’s for life event in Gainesville was a huge success and this year we are raising the bar again," said lead singer, Ken Block. "The excitement level around this one is absolutely off the charts. We are creating an intimate and high-energy evening dedicated to celebrating life as we raise awareness and money for cancer research. We’re here to help people deal with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis from all sides. This year, along with Sister Hazel, we’ll have multi-platinum selling artist Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon and season one winner of  NBC’s “The Voice” - the incredible Javier Colon. Then to top things off, we’ll be doing a special Tom Petty tribute set in memory of Gainesville's own Rock-n-Roll Hall of fame legend. It’s going to be a powerful night from start to finish with one of a kind handwritten auction items from artists like Sir Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Toby Keith, and more. Big fun for a serious cause!"  Lyrics for Life has donated $250k over the years to Gainesville's STOP Children's Cancer Charity. They have also benefited other Cancer Charities around the country including Children's Cancer Center of Tampa and Camp Sunshine in Atlanta. In 2017, the event raised over $200,000 for Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation and Lyrics for Life's annual Camp Hazelnut Event. More than 15,000 children under age 19 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. While survival rates have improved, cancer remains one of the leading causes of death by disease for kids. About Sister Hazel: Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called "one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years" by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song "All for You" topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status. In their first showing on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard's Top Current Albums chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The band landed on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart again in 2016 with “Unplugged From Daryl's House Club” at #75. In 2018, “Water,” Volume I of a collectible compilation series titled, “Elements,” landed on the Billboard Country Albums chart at #9 and at #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart along with making their debut on the most revered stage in country music, the Grand Ole Opry. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band was a pioneer in the themed cruise industry by co-founding "The Rock Boat" and annually hosts events like the “Hazelnut Hang,” and "Camp Hazelnut" that focuses on creating unique experiences and interacting with the fans. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media having amassed over a million social followers. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with “Lyrics For Life.” Founded by singer Ken Block, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities. About Lyrics For Life: Lyrics For Life is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. Sister Hazel frontman, Ken Block, and his band mates founded Lyrics For Life in memory of Ken’s younger brother, Jeffrey, who ultimately lost his four-year battle with cancer that started at age 14. The charity unites musicians and celebrities for concert events, auctions, and other fundraising efforts. The monies raised are donated to groups that are working to find a cure, as well as those aiming to enrich the lives of patients and their families. From research to summer camps and family support groups, we are surrounding this disease and conquering it from every angle. Artists participate in many ways, often by donating handwritten lyrics to one of their songs on anything from a simple sheet of paper to a surfboard to some other unique item, which we offer for auction at one of our Lyrics For Life events. Our team of musicians, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters set high goals for the future. We accept the challenge to find new ways of raising money and awareness and to help make each day a little brighter until there is a cure. About Camp Hazelnut:  Decades of familiar, happy faces cover the walls in the dining hall of Camp Crystal Lake outside Gainesville, FL. Kids around the U.S. have been spending summers there for as long as anyone can remember, so when the Camp’s Director, Scott Burton, got word to the band that he would love to collaborate on an event, everyone loaded up the car and headed out for a visit. The conversation started simply as a family-focused Sister Hazel fan event—a weekend “summer camp” retreat with activities, bonfires, cabins, and, of course, music. When Sister Hazel decided to also invite some regional kids with cancer and their families, the idea took on a whole new meaning, and the weekend turned out to be far more powerful than anyone first imagined: so much so, that they decided to center future Camp Hazelnut events around these special kids and families. The Camp Hazelnut goal is simple: create a playful, safe, uplifting experience for kids and families navigating the overwhelming challenges of a cancer diagnosis. It's a place to simply get away and come together. The campers embark on a great exploration to discover (or rediscover!) the magic that can only be created at summer camp, and the band is right there alongside them every step of the way, leading activities, playing acoustic campfire sing-alongs, sharing, giggling, and having a blast. About The Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation: The Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation provides financial support to qualified cancer patients in the state of Florida for expenses such as rent or mortgage, car payments and utility bills. By giving patients peace of mind in knowing that their bills are being paid while they are undergoing treatment, the FCS Foundation allows them to concentrate on what really matters – fighting cancer. Due to the generosity of the Florida Cancer Specialists partner physicians in covering all overhead expenses for the Foundation, 100% of donations received go directly towards paying the essential non-medical living expenses of an adult battling cancer. The Foundation is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization and located at 5204 Paylor Lane in Sarasota, Florida. Learn more about the FCS Foundation at: or call 941.677.7181.


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