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Singing for a good cause

November 2004

This Christmas, four longtime friends will again be doing their part to give a special gift of support to area cancer research.

“A Christmas to Cure Cancer” is partnering with Mike Albert and The Big “E” band for an afternoon of holiday music and Elvis classics while raising funds for an important cause.

The benefit concert, which is becoming a holiday tradition, is planned for Dec. 5 in the Dover High auditorium. Doors will open at 2 and music will begin at 3.

Tickets are $20 and net proceeds of the event will be donated to the Tuscarawas County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, earmarked for cancer research.

Former high school bandmates Cody Romshak, Lorne Van Fossen, Mark Puskarich and Dave Clo, along with Lorne’s wife Corrina, had often talked of making a Christmas album together.

However, when Van Fossen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early 2000, “A Christmas to Cure Cancer” was born.

Four years later Van Fossen is in remission, and the band is releasing its second album, “A Christmas to Cure Cancer 2,” as well as sponsoring its second annual benefit concert. The combination of these two fund-raisers has resulted in more than $50,000 being donated for cancer research.

“This project allows us all to give back and at the same time celebrate the life and survivorship of Lorne,” said Puskarich.

The Dec. 2 concert will feature songs from the band’s first album, as well as songs from “A Christmas to Cure Cancer 2” which was released this month.

The new album features a variety of musical styles ranging from jazz to blues to country and rock. The CD also provides new twists on old favorites such as “Winter Wonderland” performed with a little jazz swing and a version of “Jingle Bells” that has a revival feel.

“Frosty Rocks” brings back the big hair bands of the 1980s, while “Blue Christmas” and “Santa Bring My Baby Back” are performed by Elvis impersonator Mike Albert and his Big “E” band.

Roger Hoard performs a solo acoustic guitar version of “Amazing Grace.”

Four original compositions were compiled for this release. They are “Christmas Is,” a country ballad; “Christmas Beach,” a Buffett-like tune to warm up the holidays and melt your work stress away; “Where Have You Gone?” a touching story of Jesus’ life from Mary’s perspective, and “There’s No Feeling Like Christmas,” a song composed in retro Euro pop style.

The new CD features the founding members of the group, as well as 24 contributing artists, most of whom have been touched in some way by cancer.

The album was recorded in studios in Nashville, Tenn., Piedmont, O. and Wheeling, W.Va.

The concert will feature the founding members of the group as well as area artists Michele Clay, Julie Lucas, Penny and Dan Allison, Jeff Mattevi, Don White, Mitch Fox and Jan Roll.

Tickets are available in advance at the group’s Web site, www.achristmastocurecancer.org or by calling (614) 906-4700. They are also available at the area American Cancer Society office at 201-A W. Ohio Ave., Dover

A Christmas to Cure Cancer Inc. is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization.

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A Christmas To Cure Cancer 6
Christmas Island
Last Christmas
Happy Christmas
Liz & Ralph & Calvin
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Guitar)
Grown Up Christmas List
Christmas Drive
Three Hundred Sixty Four
Merry Christmas Baby
Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight)
It's Christmas
Baby It's Cold Outside
Dance Of The Elves
Silent Night
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Piano)
The Secret Of Christmas
O Holy Night
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