The American Legion's 9th District, which includes Cherokee's Treptow Post #230, will host a benefit concert on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Clay County Regional Event Center Arena in Spencer.
The concert will feature "Nashville Star" singing sensation Shawn Mayer, formerly of May City, with opening act Dave Fintel of Paullina, who is affectionately know as "the singing farmer."
Monies raised from this benefit will help assist veterans and their spouses when an unexpected financial crisis arises, and will also support various programs at the VA hospitals in Sioux Falls, Omaha, and the Veterans' Home at Marshalltown.
An example of the VA helping out, given by Cherokee's Post Commander, Dave Brown, would be when a vet is abroad and the family is home and the family refrigerator goes out. "The VA is here to help out with those types of problems," said Brown.
The concert proceeds will also assist in helping families get to the bedside of wounded military personnel, or to help transport the family in the event of a military member's funeral.
Tickets are $16.50 for the Spencer show, and are available at the Clay County Regional Event Center Arena ticket windows, or by calling Ticket Master at 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
It is the hope of American Legion to fill at least 2,600 seats for the concert.
This is one of three concerts that Mayer will be performing for the vets. One of the other concerts will be in Vermillion, S.D. on April 18, and the other will be in Cherokee, at the Gathering Place, on April 17 at 8 p.m. Cost for the Cherokee performance will be $25, and seating is limited. You can buy tickets now at the Bookvine or The Copper Cup in Cherokee.
According to Brown, 20 percent of the Cherokee show proceeds will stay in Cherokee County, and go towards the annual Veteran's Appreciation Day held in September at the Cherokee County Fair Grounds .
The 9th District American Legion consists of 13 counties in Northwest Iowa - Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O'Brien, Clay, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Woodbury, Ida, Sac and Monona.