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Published on February 11, 2019

Sock Out Cancer benefit concert to showcase music’s greatest decade – the 80’s!

The 2019 Sock Out Cancer® benefit concert will be a celebration of music’s greatest decade . . . the ’80s! The event takes place Friday, April 12 at the Broome County Forum, 236 Washington Street, Binghamton. It will feature music from two of that era’s greatest bands—Santana and Journey. And performing some of these bands’ chart-topping hits will be none other than Alex Ligertwood, former lead singer for Santana, and Kevin Chalfant, who has performed on stage as lead vocalist with Journey. Backing Ligertwood and Chalfant will be the world-traveled eight-piece Philip Myers Band, who will also be performing classic songs from Van Halen, Toto, Led Zeppelin, Joan Jett, Styx, Survivor, Boston, and U2.

“We’re going to perform some of the greatest songs of the ’80s ever recorded,” said Philip Myers. “We’re excited to be a part of it. It’s going to be a fantastic concert and, most importantly, we’re going to raise some funds for a very worthwhile cause. We are looking forward to April 12 and we’re going to pack the place, so come out and support it.”

Among the organizations benefiting from the concert is the UHS Foundation, which uses the money raised to assist cancer patients and their families.

According to Cory Jacobs, executive director of the UHS Foundation. “Since its inception, “Sock Out Cancer” has raised $148, 945. Seventy-six cancer patients with financial challenges have directly received money for practical, nonmedical needs, such as transportation, utility bills, groceries, rent or mortgage payments. The Foundation administers the program and works with a committee to review applications for assistance.”

She noted, “Cancer creates an enormous strain on an individual or a family, beyond the medical aspect. Sock Out Cancer helps people focus on caring for their loved ones instead of struggling with day-to-day expenses.”

The public can purchase concert tickets through Ticketmaster, as well as at the Arena box office. As part of a special promotion, people purchasing their tickets at the Arena box office will also receive a complimentary pair of Sock Out Cancer’s signature multi-colored socks*—a $10 value—with each ticket purchased.

In addition to the concert, the program raises money through the sale of the colorful socks. The socks are available at the UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Binghamton General Hospital gift shops. Socks can also be purchased online at sockoutcancer.org and at Wegmans in Johnson City, as well as at area Mirabito Convenience Stores.

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