Concert For The Cause held a benefit for 1st Call For Help of Reno County on Friday night at The Rusty Needle. There was live music provided by Colton Gartleman, Sean Story and Morgan Wilk. Throughout the night folks were encouraged to sign up for the many raffle items that were on display.
Colton started out his set by singing a rousing rendition of Blue on Black. This song got the crowds attention. He followed up with Copperhead Road, Hurts So Good (which Gartleman put his own twist on both the lyrics and music, I loved it!), there was Old Time Rock and Roll, Keep On Rockin' In The Free World, and finally Last Dance with Mary Jane. All in all Gartleman played an amazing set of 13 songs. Incredible!
Sean took to the stage next and started his set with Wonderwall, he also did his now infamous rendition of Creep as sung by Kermit The Frog (this was a requested song), and even managed to work in a Christmas song: Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Story sang en extensive set as well, of over 11 songs.
Throughout the night the bucket was passed again and again for donations while the performers kept pumping up all the good the 1st Call does throughout the year for the Hutchinson community. Folks continued buying chances to try and win a raffle item or two. The crowd came and went all evening and the bar was nearly capacity all night.
Morgan took to the stage and Sean accompanied her during her set on either mandolin or guitar. Wilk sang some original songs as well as cover tunes. She sang her original songs: Good Memories, My Own Pair of Wings, The Sunnyside (always a crowd favorite), and Kinda Like Mine (about a favorite nephew). Then there were the cover tunes: Hard Candy Christman, Purple Rain, and Freedom Isn't Free.
As the evening drew to a close, the bucket was passed one last time and then it was time to draw the names of the raffle winners. Many merchants donated to the event to make the raffle possible. Thank you's go out to Longs (sweat shirts), Stutzman's (poinsettias), Roy's Pit Barbecue (gift certificates), Sumo Creations (pen made out of beautiful stone), Hastings (gift certificates), Bornholdt Plant Land (hummingbird feeder and a planting kneeler), Outdoor Decor (pottery and yard art) and of course, the shining star of the evening, Westfahl Jewelers who donated a ruby bracelet. Cindy M. won three times and took home that beautiful bracelet.
1st Call for Help of Reno County raised some much needed funds to finish out their year. This show was the final show for the 2015 season for Concert For The Cause. But CFTC will return next year with more concerts benefiting great Hutchinson charities.