Big Head Todd and the Monsters headline benefit concert in Carbondale
The Anna Lynn Cunningham Foundation’s second annual summer benefit concert features Big Head Todd and the Monsters at River Valley Ranch at 5:30 p.m. today to raise funds for children battling with cancer.
The fundraiser benefits children battling cancer. Big Head Todd and the Monsters, along with openers Shady Lane, offer uplifting music to compliment a positive vibe.
“The tone and nature of their music is really positive, upbeat, danceable and fun,” said Julie Warren, ALCF co-founder and mother of the nonprofit’s namesake. “We can all sing along because most of us are familiar with their music.”
The concert will be in memory of Anna Lynn Cunningham, who died at age 16 in February 2019, three years after battling her diagnosis of Ewing’s sarcoma.
The concert will take place where Warren and her husband run Golf and the Homestead Bar and Grill at River Valley Ranch. They will be converting the driving range into a concert venue for the special event.
“We’re thrilled to be involved with the foundation,” said Todd Park Mohr, the singer and guitarist of Big Head Todd and the Monsters. “Bringing people together and sharing a joy for a couple of hours is an important function of music. Music can cultivate community, even harmony. We need that!”
Warren said her daughter would be happy to know the fun people will have at the concert.
“I think that she would be really excited to just see all the people out for the concert,” Warren said. “The first year we had hundreds of kids just running around and dancing and playing in the driving range, and that was just a really heartwarming sight.”
VIP tickets are sold out, but general admission tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If anyone is unable to make it to the concert, they are welcome to visit the website and make a donation.
“I think she would just love to see the community gathering for a great cause and helping other kids fight this fight,” Warren said. “Even when she was faced with this diagnosis, she faced it with grace and a huge smile, and was just grateful for everything that she was given in life.”
All of the proceeds will go to Colorado based charities, with last year’s concert benefiting Children’s Hospital Foundation, Brent’s Place, a Front Range home to give children who have low immune systems a safe and fun place to stay; and Camp Wapiyapi, a camp that gives children with cancer a chance to be children safely.
“You can’t really interact with the world as a kid when you have cancer, because your immune system is basically destroyed by all of the treatment, and so this facility opens their doors with almost all medical volunteers that create a safe space for kids to go and continue treatment if they need to,” Warren said.
Warren explained how her daughter was still able to zipline and do tie dye and all the normal things that kids do during that time. She said the doctors and nurses were able to accommodate shuttling up an $8,000 injection while she was at camp so she could continue without leaving.
“We’ve learned a couple other local families that are fighting right now with their children who have cancer diagnosis, and some of our funds hopefully will be able to go to support local families.” she said. “They also go to support organizations that do amazing things for families along their journey.”
Brent’s Place is also a safe home away from home with a very clean environment for children struggling with low immune systems from cancer or other causes.
“They just make it an amazing home away from home for kids,” she said. “They just try to keep the joy in the kid’s life even as they’re going through this incredibly difficult journey,” Warren said.
Warren said she is happy to be helping people the way people helped her when Anna was battling through her cancer.
“It’s almost its own world when you enter that world and I’m just so impressed by how many people keep themselves paying attention to that world, and really help these families,” Warren said. “We’re really grateful for all the things people did for us.”
What: Anna Lynn Cunningham Foundation benefit concert featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Shady Lane
When: 5:30 p.m. Friday
Where: River Valley Ranch driving range, 303 River Valley Ranch Road, Carbondale
How much: $35 for general admission
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