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August 18, 2011

Weekend concert in Stillwater to benefit American Cancer Society

STILLWATER, Okla. — A two-day concert in Stillwater is set to honor those affected by cancer and raise funds to donate to the American Cancer Society.

Ell’s 2011 Cancer Benefit takes place Saturday and Sunday at Ell’s Martini Lounge at 7600 South Perkins Road. The benefit and donations raised are in honor of Eric Trogdon, who died from peritoneal cancer on April 4, 2010. He was 36. His brother-in-law Todd Allen was instrumental in the idea for the benefit. He spoke with Lori Luster of Ell’s.

This weekend’s concert will feature acoustic performances from 1 to 5 p.m. inside and performances outside from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on both nights.

Bands include Ryan Reid, Flatland Travelers, Exit 174, Chad Sullins and The Last Call Coalition, Brandon Jackson and Bo Phillips.

The event will also feature raffle and auction items including gift cards to area restaurants, two-night stays at local hotels, a few rounds of golf and two guitars signed by every artist or band performing at the event.

Raffle tickets are available for purchase for $1 each. Food vendors will also be present. Allen said all the proceeds from ticket sales, the raffle and T-shirt sales will go to the American Cancer Society. The only money not being donated is beer sales. However, Ell’s will be donating money to the grand total for donation, said Luster.

“We’ve got 500 tickets a night and I hope that we have to order more,” said Allen. “And I would love to write a $20,000 check, if not more.”

T-shirts commemorating the event are being sold for $15 and $18 for racer back tank tops.

Allen wants to make the concert an annual event. He said he already has two bands signed for next year, when he hopes to expand it to a three-day event.

For more information on the benefit, search for their event on Facebook. Tickets are available at Ell’s Martini Lounge for $15 a day or $25 for both nights. Contact the lounge at 405-533-3557.

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