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July 2019

Concerts for a Cause Presents National Recording Artist Jon McLaughlin

On Saturday, July 20, Concerts for a Cause will host a concert headlined by Jon McLaughlin, a nationally recognized recording artist who happens to be a native Hoosier. McLaughlin was born in Anderson and attended Anderson University. He has toured or opened for notables like Kelly Clarkson, OAR, Sister Hazel and Billy Joel. Ted Sturges, Carmel resident and board member of Concerts for a Cause, said, “Jon is an incredible musician, singer, songwriter and live performer. We are delighted to have him as our headliner at our July concert. Our guests are in for a real treat.” 

You may recall, Concerts for a Cause brings in top-flight musical performers four times a year to perform for a small audience of approximately 400 people at the Lucas Estate with all the proceeds donated to a different local charity for each concert. The idea behind Concerts for a Cause is that the donation from a concert to a small local charity, as opposed to a large national one, can make a huge difference in the lives the charity is working to help.

The last concert, held in April, featured Shawn Mullins and sold out quickly. Expectations are that the July event with McLaughlin, who enjoys a huge Hoosier following, will also sell out. So, get your tickets now! Bruce Kidd, Carmel resident and co-founder of Concerts for a Cause, stated, “The support from the community has been terrific. Our concert on April 27 was sold out a month before the event with almost 500 people. A lot of our previous guests are now telling their friends—it’s very cool. This support has allowed us to donate over $175,000 to local not for profits.”

The beneficiary of the July concert is Agape, a local not for profit that serves all kinds of individuals and groups, including families with special needs, at-risk children and youth, and seniors, including kids with neuromuscular diseases.

Opening artist is Cliff Ritchie, who just released a new CD. 

A reception with food and drinks runs from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (included with ticket purchase) and features food prepared by Lucas Head Chef Anthony Puma, local craft beers, including Redemption Alewerks and Bier Brewery sharing their new flavors, and a bourbon tasting table. 

Carmel Monthly and Zionsville Monthly are proud to have been media sponsors again for the 2019 season. Special thanks to other sponsors, including Key Bank, The Ackerman Foundation, The Watermark Group, Cochran Exteriors, Sysco Foods and The Lucas Estate.

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