Benefit July 15 for Blues Hawks’ Ray Campbell

Beating the drum of goodwill, the Verdi Club will host a benefit for a local musician with cancer July 15.

Proceeds will go to the treatment of Ray Campbell, 52, a member of the local Blues Hawks band, who was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer in March.

The size and location of the tumor has made it inoperable, and Campbell has been treated with chemotherapy and radiation.

A musician since the 1970s, Campbell plays guitar in the Blues Hawks and has a good reputation in the local music scene.

“He’s always there for people with his support,” said Pat Murphy, who has worked with Campbell for 14 years.

The fund-raiser will feature seven bands, a raffle and food at the Verdi Club, 782 N. Madison St. Event will start at 2:30 p.m. and go until midnight. Tickets for the continuous raffles will be $5.

The Blues Hawks, a blues and rock ’n’ roll band, will play with some other bands that include Campbell’s brothers. Other bands featured that night include the Moondogs, Toad Soup, Missing Links and Clutch Cargo.

“Everybody knows Ray, and that’s why we’re hosting,” said Peggy Reilly, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Verdi Club.

The Verdi Club will also donate part of the drink revenue to the benefit.

From the July 12-18, 2006, issue

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