RAMI benefit raises $6,500

Almost $30,000 has been raised for the Gary S. Wilmer Memorial Scholarship Fund over nine years.

“The night was a resounding success,” said Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) benefit organizer and lead singer for the Missing Links, Dan Eisman, of the March 3 event. He estimated the nine years of the spring benefits have raised almost $30,000 for the RAMI’s Gary S. Wilmer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

With a great staff working hard, the Verdi Club was packed for last Saturday’s show, with people actually leaving because of the standing-room-only crowd. The bands that donated their performances were: Time Warp, Moondogs, Missing Links, Clutch Cargo, The Usual Suspects and Big Daddy Woo Woo.

The Eisman and Campbell families led the many volunteers, along with Raymon Roberts. Dave Hedden and Bruce Hammond, RAMI co-founder, of Sound Concepts provided the sound and light systems.

Many high-quality raffle items and services were donated by the sponsors: Bobby’s on Broadway, LaMonica Beverages, Verdi Club, Guitar Center, Guzzardo’s Performance Music, Randee’s Music, The Rock River Times, Kegel’s, Best Buy, beetcafe.com, Pegasus Music, Tim Sreenan Insurance and the Rockford Park District. Thanks to all!

From the March 7-13, 2007, issue

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