By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
TAZEWELL, Va. —
For the past 19 years, TASK Inc. (Taking Action for Special Kids) has been providing a four-week summer camp experience for special needs children of the area. Patti Cettin, TASK director, said that the agency she directs has been a beneficiary of the Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concerts for the past three years.
“The concerts have helped us reach our fundraising goal for the past two years,” Cettin said. “The support from the Second Chance concerts helps us offer this summer program to kids with special needs. The sponsors buy blocks of tickets, then donate the blocks of tickets to non-profit agencies like TASK so we can sell them and keep 100 percent of what we get from ticket sales to support our agencies.
“I think Erik (Robinson) and Billy (Wagner) are a gift from God to our communities,” Cettin said. “Big fundraisers are difficult. All of our families are impacted by the economic situation. For non-profit agencies like TASK, it’s sweet to be one of the agencies included. To me, raising $2,000 is a lot of money. It can make the difference in whether or not we’re able to offer the Summer Enrichment Program or not.”
The Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce is another beneficiary of the Second Chance concert, and according to Mary Belcher, executive director of the chamber, involvement in the program has enabled the chamber to benefit food banks in the county.
“We’re selling the tickets we received from a sponsor to benefit our participation in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Food Bowl Challenge,” Belcher said. “We’re using everything we get to give back to the community.”
The Buchanan County Chamber won the 2012 Governor’s Food Bowl Challenge in the small chamber division, and according to Belcher, the help from the Second Chance Concert ticket sales will help push this years effort. The Food Challenge runs from Memorial Day to Independence Day. The food collected by the Buchanan County Chamber will benefit food banks in Buchanan County. Chambers of commerce from throughout the Commonwealth participate in the Food Bowl Challenge to raise food for pantry stores statewide.
“We’re using our concert tickets to give back to the community,” Belcher said. “The people who buy the tickets can benefit from a concert that features some great stars including Justin Moore, Craig Campbell, Shooter Jennings, Clare Dunn, Folk Soul Revival, JB & the Moonshine Band and more, and we will be able to get food to distribute to area food pantries.” Belcher said anyone who wants a ticket can call the chamber at 276-935-4147.
Jessica McDaniel, director of the Wade Center, said that Wade is providing volunteer laborers to help out in return for a contribution. “Last year, we had 20 volunteers who came out to help at the concerts,” she said. “Erik (Robinson) put us down for 20 volunteers again this year, and we’re recruiting volunteers now.”
The Mitchell Stadium gates will open for the third Second Chance Rocks the two Virginias concert at noon on Saturday June 29.
— Contact Bill Archer at firstname.lastname@example.org