Organizers gearing up for Sock Out Cancer benefit concert

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(WBNG) — Music: it brings us all together while also letting us forget the worries of life for just a bit. That’s exactly what the Sock Out Cancer concert does, all while supporting an amazing cause.

“We are rocking the 80’s tomorrow night. We’re going to have singers from Santana and Journey, backed up by a fantastic nationally-known band as well,” said UHS Foundation Director Cory Jacobs.

About 850 tickets have been sold as of Thursday, with the goal of reaching 1,000 for Friday’s concert. Proceeds from the remaining tickets will go directly to local families fighting cancer.

“The important part is we already have cost of the act already covered, so the band has been paid for. So every ticket that is now sold, those dollars are going to be given directly to the cause,” said Security Mutual Life Insurance CEO Bruce Boyea.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Broome County Forum Theatre, with former Santana lead singer Alex Ligertwood and former Journey lead vocalist Kevin Chalfant capping off the show. The show always inspires concertgoers and organizers alike.

“When they know that they can receive Sock Out Cancer funding, they are just completely overwhelmed. They love the support. They appreciate it and the thank you notes we get are amazing. Sometimes, you know, this money even keeps people in their apartments,” said Jacobs.

It’s not just about the financial support, Sock Out Cancer is all about an even larger cause.

“You have to be moved by the spirit of Sock Out Cancer. It’s much bigger than just the money. It’s much bigger than just the event. It’s connecting the head and the heart and connecting people in this great community,” said Boyea.

Tickets are still available for the concert and can be purchased at The Forum box office, where you’ll get a pair of socks as well, or by calling 607-338-7625.

Damon Matson

Damon Matson

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