Final 'Banding Together' event planned March 2

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BELOIT - After seven years and raising close to $200,000, organizers have decided the annual Banding Together to Benefit the Community concert is ending.

The final Banding Together concert is set for March 2 at the Eclipse Center in Beloit. Doors open at 2 p.m.

Co-organizer Terry Russell said the event was started four years ago in memory of Ken Dailey, who passed away from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The cost for admission is $5.

"My father-in-law (Ken Dailey) - all the man had was friends," Russell said. "If he didn't know you, he was friends with you after five minutes. He was the kindest and friendliest person I've ever known."

Every year half of the funds go to the Wisconsin ALS Chapter, and the other half goes to a local organization. This year, the group is giving funds to the local chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). The organization exists to create a safer environment for children who have suffered abuse.

"All of the people in BACA are spectacular, putting themselves in harms way to help children in need who are facing abuse," Russell said.

Russell said every year it's getting harder and harder to ask for funds, and with so many charities in the area the group decided to quit while they were ahead. They thank all the individuals and corporations for their acts of kindness over the years.

"Sometimes we forget there are kind things in the world, underneath all the pain. That's all you seem to hear anymore," Russell said.

Russell said he and co-founders Jim Roeling, Chad Dailey, Jeff Rath and Dan Baroni, have been putting on the event to benefit the community.

Throughout the afternoon, attendees can listen to four different bands. From 2:30-4 p.m. Folk'N Rock'N Full Tilt will perform an acoustic variety of rock. From 4:30-6 p.m., Dirt Road Rebelz will perform rocking country music. From 6:30-8 p.m., Done Deal will perform "face melting" rock, and from 8:30-10:30 p.m., Pistol Pete will perform classic rock.

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