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‘Rock the '80s’ benefit to aid local patients, families battling cancer

by on February 08, 2018 10:34 AM

STATE COLLEGE — The hair will be high, the colors will be bold and the music will be recognizable.

The sixth annual “Rock the ‘80s” event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. As advertised, the 11 bands featured at the fundraiser will perform songs from the 1980s.

The show will benefit the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund, which was founded in 2006 by Doreen Perks. It was her passion for the cause that has led the organization to distribute some $1.5 million to families struggling to pay bills while fighting cancer. The fund seeks to ease the financial burden of local patients, many of whom find themselves unable to meet all of their monetary obligations.

Bob Perks was only 42 when he passed away from cancer. He was a co-founder of the local Coaches vs. Cancer program.

Bands performing at "Rock the '80s" include Burn Unit, The Long Afternoon, Feats of Strength, Cone of Silence, Velveeta, The Perkolators, Tongue 'n Groove, Cousin Neddie, Frackwater Jack, JR Mangan Band and Corner Brothers.

Event chairwoman Aimee Aiello said the show “draws a very energetic crowd. The bands do an impressive job of creating an evening that takes people back to their days of high school and college. They can't help but be up on their feet dancing the entire time." Aiello is business manager of The Centre County Gazette.

While the show will take place at the State Theatre, the pre-event party is scheduled for 5 p.m. at The Makery, 209 W. Calder Way. Refreshments will be provided.

The cost of the pre-event party is $35. Tickets for the concert are $35, plus a $4.50 processing fee. Visit www.thestatetheatre.org to order tickets in advance.

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