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Benefit show raising funds for Veterans Facility

Rocky Jett, left, and Mike Taylor, along with rest of The Guinness Brothers Band, will perform alongside local classic rock favorite The Boyfriends Nov. 17 at a benefit concert to raise funds for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. This is the third year the group has organized the effort, so far raising about $10,000 for special activities for facility residents.

For the third year in a row, two area bands are hosting a benefit concert to raise funds for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Slated for Nov. 17 at the Knights of Columbus KC Banquet Center, 5830 Clyde Park Ave. SW, doors open at 6 p.m. with live music running from 7 to 11 p.m.

Hosted by West Michigan band The Guinness Brothers, this year’s event also features longtime local headliner, The Boyfriends. Both classic rock groups have been together for decades and have strong local followings; turnout is expected to be strong.

Funds raised during the past two years’ shows totaled just shy of $10,000, with 100 percent of profits gleaned going to the Home for Veterans. According to Guinness Brothers drummer, Calvin Weeks, who is organizing the event, the funds help supply “extras” for the vets.

“Last year, the money went to things like the facility’s Vegas Day, trips for the guys, the vet’s carnival and several trips to Whitecaps baseball games,” Weeks said. “Funds are tight at the facility and without efforts like this, the vets often don’t have much to do. Considering what they gave to this country, I think this is the least we can do.”

There is no cost to attend the benefit, but a free will offering will be accepted at the door. Additionally, several fundraising activities—a silent auction, grab bags and similar happenings—are planned throughout the evening.

Items to be auctioned include signed NFL jerseys, signed photos of professional athletes, tickets to ride the ferry (USS Badger) out of Ludington round trip to Wisconsin, and more. 

Those wishing to donate or who want more information can contact Weeks at (231) 923-6024 or visit the Guinness Brothers Band’s Facebook page at facebook.com/GuinnessBrothersBand. 

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