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6th Annual Dana G. Smith Cancer Assistance Fundraiser At SweetWater Brewing Company

The 6th Annual Dana G. Smith Cancer Assistance Fundraiser will be held at SweetWater Brewing Company on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Help support the many folks struggling in their fight against cancer by attending this year’s event. Come enjoy great tunes from Doublewide and tasty food and unlimited beer. This year there will be two donation options, regular $25 or VIP $40. The VIP’s admission includes a DGS Fund t-shirt, signature souvenir pint glass, great beer and food plus a raffle ticket for a chance to win a great prize! All donations go directly to support the Dana G. Smith Fund.

The DGS Fund is named in loving memory of Dana G. Smith who lost her battle with cancer in July 2006. Before passing, Dana created the DGS Fund to help those who cannot pay their basic bills because their money is being spent on their cancer treatment. In 2010, the DGS Fund raised over $64,000 and has helped over 200 people pay their doctor and prescription co-pays, home utility and rent payments, childcare, insurance premiums, companion services, counseling and much more. As cancer treatment is expensive and insurance doesn’t always cover everything, help is needed for cancer patients struggling to pay their bills as a result of outstanding medical expenses. With help from those touched by Dana, her story and her cause, the fund has lifted weight off shoulders, elevated spirits and lengthened lives. All donations will go to Piedmont Hospital Foundations, Inc.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

SweetWater Brewing Company
195 Ottley Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
Ph. 404-691-2537

TICKETS: regular $25 or VIP $40

Blue Waltz for The Sean Costello Memorial Fund

The Last Waltz Ensemble and Smith’s Olde Bar present Blue Waltz: A Benefit for the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Disorder on August 19th & 20th. When Atlanta blues prodigy Sean Costello slipped away from his earthly life April 15, 2008, a day before his 29th birthday, confusion and sadness gripped his fellow musicians. Outwardly, Sean appeared quite normal. Only after his passing did his family reveal Sean’s battle with Bipolar Disorder and his struggle to stay alive.

“Sean acted professionally and was as normal as a musician could be. I think this factor makes people want to look closer at the circumstances,” says Debbie Ann Smith, Sean’s mom and President of The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Disorder. “Although Sean obviously was fighting some serious demons, some of his professional friends didn’t even know that he drank. A person like Sean can maintain a professional exterior while fighting to keep themselves alive, literally. Performers often wear a public face that belies their private angst.”

In the years since Sean’s passing, Atlanta musicians have rallied around his family and dedicated themselves and their music performances to raising funds for continued research into Bipolar Disorder and its impact on artists.

Last Waltz Ensemble

“We were very much waiting on the right time to do something unique in honor of Sean for the Foundation,” remarks Kris Gloer, leader of The Last Waltz Ensemble, a group dedicated to progressively playing the music of Bob Dylan and The Band. “When I mentioned the idea of an event for The Foundation, Dan Nolen, owner of Smith’s Olde Bar was adamant that we do two nights and feature lots of special guests to honor our friend.”

“Sean played the Last Waltz as one of the last gigs he did. He came home so full of joy. I know he would cringe at the use of the corny word, but I can’t describe it any other way.” says Debbie. “He loved Levon Helm like family and was thrilled to honor him with his brother musicians, The Last Waltz Ensemble.”

WHAT: Blue Waltz for The Sean Costello Memorial Fund featuring The Last Waltz Ensemble with special guests

Friday, August 19th: Opening set by Moontower, The Last Waltz Ensemble with special guests including Jon Liebman, Ike Stubblefield, Rev. Jeff Mosier, David Blackmon, Mudcat, Joe McGuinness, Rod Hamdallah, Nelson Nolen, Aaron Trubic (Sean Costello Band), Greg Baba (King Johnson), and Greg Hester

Saturday August 20th: Opening set by: Turtle Folk, The Last Waltz Ensemble with special guests including Jon Liebman, Ike Stubblefield, Richie Jones (Donna Hopkins Band), Preston Holcomb (The Grapes), Daniel Hutchens (Bloodkin), Charlie Wooton (Zydefunk), Will & Lee Haraway (The Sundogs), Lee Schwartz (Outformation), Justin Brogdon, Randy Chapman, Skye Paige, Jessica Sheridan and more….

Smith’s Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30324-5232
(404) 875-1522

TICKETS: $20 in advance at Ticket Alternative or $25 at the door

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