‘Benefit Bash’ to feature live music, beer tent, auction

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From Tecumseh Rotary Club

Nine bands highlight the third annual Tecumseh Summer Benefit Bash August 18 in the lawn next to the Shopko store on the city’s west end.

The free event runs from 1 p.m. to midnight and features rock and roll, children’s activities, food vendors, a beer tent, and a silent auction. It is sponsored by the Tecumseh Rotary Club, the Raising HELL for Raven Foundation, and the Kody Cooley House Memorial Fund. Along with providing entertainment, the event is also designed to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic, remember those who have been lost to overdoses, and support those fighting addiction. There will be speakers discussing efforts in Lenawee County to address the epidemic. Proceeds from the bash will go toward those efforts.

“We wish we could say that everyone is aware that addiction, particularly to heroin and other opioids, is a problem in our community, but they are not,” Tecumseh Rotary Club president David Panian said. “Lenawee County government commissioned a survey of county residents this past spring, and one of the questions asked if there is an addiction problem in Lenawee County. I was surprised to see that 19 percent said they didn’t know if it’s a problem and 5 percent said it is not.”

The Tecumseh Rotary Club has been working for years to address the heroin problem. Two of the club’s members, a woman and her father, lost their 20-year-old daughter/granddaughter to an overdose in 2011.

“We initially explored methods of helping people protect their prescription painkillers in their homes, but ran up against funding roadblocks,” Panian said. “Now, we are looking at education and harm reduction methods, such as providing test strips so that addicts can check their heroin for the much more dangerous fentanyl, naloxone to help reverse the effects of an overdose or clean needles to prevent infections from using dirty needles.”

Harm reduction can help buy time until someone who is addicted can decide to seek help and for more effective treatment methods can be developed, Panian said. It is being used in communities across the country.

Bands scheduled to play are Ben Decido at 1 p.m., Hot Southern Mess at 2 p.m., Average Size Tim at 3 p.m., Kool Katz at 4 p.m., Reeve Powers at 5 p.m., Mojo at the Outlaws at 6 p.m., Dime Store Brats at 7:30 p.m., LeadFoot at 8:30 p.m. and Last Nation with two sets starting at 9:30 p.m.

Food vendors include Maria’s Sunnyside Cafe, 3 Dudes and Dinner, Busch’s and Grab a Dawg hot dogs.

“We’re very grateful for the bands and vendors who help make this such a great event,” Panian said.

Several silent auction items have been donated by local businesses and individuals to help support the event, highlighted by a donation from Conklin Estates Apartments of Detroit Tigers souvenirs and tickets to the Aug. 26 game at Comerica Park where the Tigers will retire Alan Trammell’s uniform number 3. Trammell, who played for the Tigers from 1977 to 1996, was inducted July 29 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The event also receives support from The Daily Telegram, The Tecumseh Herald, the city of Tecumseh, Rotary District 6400 and several other local businesses, Panian said.

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