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The volunteer fire companies of Browndale and Forest City are hosting a fundraising music festival to benefit Patrick Sherry, a volunteer fire fighter, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The daylong concert, which will feature a number of local and regional acts, will be held July 28 at the ball field adjacent to the Browndale Fire Hall.

Sherry is a husband, father and grandfather of two grandchildren. For more than 25 years, he has committed himself to the community by being an active member of the Vandling and Browndale Fire Companies. According to event organizers he was previously employed at General Dynamics but was laid off more than a year ago and soon after lost his health insurance. Sherry was informed of his stage four cancer diagnosis about a month ago.

“When we found out about Pat’s condition, we were devastated.” said Jim Richards, Chairman of the fundraiser and member of the Browndale Fire Company. “Pat is always helping others and now it’s time for this community to give back to him, so we decided to hold a fundraiser to help with medical and other costs.”

The Patrick Sherry Benefit Fund Concert will feature performances by local and regional bands all day. The bands Hitchin’ Cricket, Powerglyde, Mojo, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, The Matt Bennick Band, Rogue Chimp and Old Friends will perform. In addition, John Quinn & Asialena, Jim Carro and comedian Fr. Paul (Paul Dudrich) will be performing between full bands so that constant entertainment will be provided from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friends and neighbors, along with the fire companies, will also host basket auctions and 50-50 drawings to help raise funds.

This is a BYOB event for those 21 and older, however no glass bottles will be allowed. No pets will be allowed. Attendees can also bring food, however, food and refreshments will be available. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring canopies, lawn and camping chairs to enjoy the day.

The Patrick Sherry Benefit Concert takes place at the Browndale Fireman’s Ballfield, 620 Marion St., Rte. 247 just north of Forest City. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Ticket donations are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of show. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available for sale at the following locations in Forest City: Dave’s Smoke Shop, 509 Main Street and Hornbeck Chevrolet, 400 Main Street and Red Cross Pharmacy, 425 Main St. Also at MS. Marie’s Salon, 203 Oak Street, Vandling. Also at Northeast Music Center, 713 Scranton-Carbondale Hwy Siniawa Plaza II in Dickson City.

Tickets are available online at https://patsherrybenefit.ticketbud.com/tickets. Additional information can be found on Facebook and at Patsherrybenefit.org.

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