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Bands jamming on stage at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center
Mitch Farmer June Jam raises funds for neglected, abused children
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Guests at last year’s June Jam eat in the shade and listen to the Allen Nivens Band.

Mitch Farmer June Jam

When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Chicopee Woods Agriculture Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville

How much: $25 in advance, $30 at door

More info: www.halldawsoncasa.org or 770-531-1964

Fathers, mothers and their kids can partake in family-friendly activities while raising funds for abused and neglected children at the same time.

The Mitch Farmer June Jam, featuring musical acts, a silent auction and children’s activities, will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Chicopee Woods Agriculture Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road in Gainesville.

The 2014 June Jam celebrates its seventh year fundraising for CASA, a local nonprofit organization that supports abused and neglected children in the Hall and Dawson County areas.

Mitch Farmer, a lifelong resident of Hall County, was known for his charitable giving. He organized the inaugural June Jam in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Farmer died from deteriorating health due to a lifelong heart condition. His family and friends decided to continue to hold the event in his memory.

Radio personality Moby from Moby in the Morning will emcee the event. Musical acts set to perform include the Fly Betty Band, the Wayne & Peggy Duo and a songwriter’s round. Country music artist Cody McCarver will make his June Jam debut.

Doug Harkrider, keyboardist for the Fly Betty Band, describes the group’s sound as perfectly suited to the event’s all-ages atmosphere.

“We saw the need for bands that cross over and play current pop music and also play popular longtime dance music,” Harkrider said. “If you like to dance, you’ll like the band.”

The Fly Betty Band has made a trend of performing at charitable concerts for local causes including a recent show for Georgia SPCA, a Suwanee-based animal rescue organization. The band’s musical altruism extends to animals and humans in need.

Heather Farr, one of the band’s vocalists, regards the event’s charitable goal as one of extra importance.

“Anything with children really touches my heart personally,” Farr said. “I think children should have good childhoods, great memories with a family or someone who loves them. That’s why I love June Jam, because it goes to a good cause.”

A children’s performance is also slated as a new addition to the 2014 lineup.

Other activities will include a kids’ zone, silent auction and raffle for prizes such as an iPad, flatscreen TV and $500 gas gift card. The kids’ zone will feature face-painting and jump zones.

Sweet Butts BBQ will provide food, which is included in the ticket price. Participants are encouraged to supply their own beverages and chairs.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event. Tables are available starting at $200. For a $1,000 donation, patrons receive a table for eight, food tickets and T-shirt sponsorship. Children are free. Parking is free.

Tickets can be purchased on www.halldawsoncasa.org or by contacting 770-531-1964. Tickets may also be purchased in-person by visiting the Little House/CASA Office on 603 Washington St.

Donations of any caliber will go to improving the lives of one of the community’s most vulnerable populations.

“The Mitch Farmer benefit is a wonderful thing and a great amount of fun,” Harkrider said. “Not only will you get something out of it, you will be giving back to the community as well.”

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