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Rock for a cause: Concert to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM

Local musicians will come together for a concert benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico. (Courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico)

Local musicians are coming together to rock your socks off for a good cause.

“Past & Present Come Together” on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Skidmore’s Holiday Bowl is a benefit concert for Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico. The concert will feature live music from 1 to 8 p.m. on the patio by headliner Marshall Nelson, along with the Panhandlers, the Sally Townes Trio. Rhythm Divine, H28, the Nothing But Groove Band and Quizling.

“I think a lot of these bands have a great following here in Albuquerque, so I think anyone who loves music and any one of these bands will come out and enjoy the music,” said Melissa Gomez, communications and events director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico.

Nelson helped get bands involved in the cause.

“Marshall got in contact with one of his former bandmates who lives here in Albuquerque, and they got to talking and the contact here in Albuquerque started reaching out to his friends, people he knew,” Gomez said. “And just looking for well-known bands that had a great following and who wanted to help out a charity, and all of the bands participating are donating their time and their talent for the concert.”

Proceeds from the concert and 10% of all bowling fees that day will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico.

As part of the event, a raffle will be held for a chance to win a Fender Player Stratocaster plus Top & C&G Deluxe Hardshell case donated by Fender or a bowling ball donated by Skidmore’s Holiday Bowl. Attendees ages 18 and younger will receive a $5 game card to use in the bowling alley’s arcade. Eventgoers can eat, drink and enjoy the show on the patio or buy a game or two of bowling. Guests are able to leave and reenter the event with the wristband they will receive upon entering.

Ronald McDonald Charities of New Mexico offers families accommodations when their children are receiving medical treatment in Albuquerque. Families who receive the services travel 50 miles or more to bring their children for treatment in Albuquerque. Families can also retreat to Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, at University of New Mexico Hospital, Presbyterian hospitals in Albuquerque and Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. The rooms are open to families to rest and regroup in the hospital where their child is receiving treatment.

“We have our Ronald McDonald House, which is a home environment providing support and resources that help keep families together that have a child in medical treatment,” Gomez said. “It’s families needing medical care that are traveling to Albuquerque. We provide them lodging here, as well, at the Ronald McDonald House.”

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