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Band benefits beach arts

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

Jennys, Joanies and Mitzis dance with Tommy Tutone during the hit song 867-5309/Jenny.

Jennies, Joanies, and even Mitzis joined Tommy Tutone on stage at the Beach Arts & Music Mentor programs first concert. Tommy Heath, lead singer of the band, Tommy Tutone, performed their hit song from 1981, 867-5309/Jenny, along with local musicians on the Community Center stage on Saturday afternoon.

More than 150 people gathered at the Community Center on Marshall Avenue to raise funds for BAMM and their mentorship program. According to the group their initial focus in mentoring students in arts and music as those are the programs in schools that tend to get the least amount of funding.

A flier about the group says, “While we understand that our schools do a great job of providing students an introduction to these areas, we also realize that arts and music have traditionally taken the brunt of budget cuts and program reductions.”

However, that is not the only focus. Mentors in other areas from science to math to writing can sign up to work with the group to help young people who are focused in other areas. They plan on providing training for those that wish to help.

The concert not only featured Tommy Tutone, but also local band the “Medicare Boys” and “Hard to Tell.” Local musician Ethan Harris opened the event with his rendition of the National Anthem on electric guitar.

Throughout the day a multitude of vendors did everything from dish up barbecue made by Sher Lee to sell beer and wine to the gathered crowds. Vendors from Colonial Beach Brewing and Beach Dogs also were on site to sell food or give samples of their beer to those able to imbibe.
Heath took time out from his day to sign t-shirts that were produced by BAMM and sold during the event. The group is selling leftover shirts through their Facebook page.

A number of town businesses and residents donated time, money, and items for the raffles and silent auction: Rankins, Sage, Colonial Beach Brewing, Raggs, Custom Ink, Custom Carts, Dockside, Riverboat, Ledo’s, RiverView Inn, From Houses to Homes, Colonial Beach Outfitters, Colonial Beach Real Estate, The Tides Inn Market, Ingleside Winery, The Colonial Beach Foundation, Beach Dogs, Four Seasons and Densons