Teens stage Bands Against Cancer mega event in Blaine park

A group of ambitious teen musicians from Spring Lake Park High School and recent graduates are staging a fund-raising event in front of Blaine City Hall.

A group of Spring Lake Park High School rock bands and alums are staging a Bands Against Cancer event at Town Square Park in front of Blaine City Hall July 27. Among the performers and volunteers are: Top row, left to right: Chris Nguyen of NguyenDustries, event organizer; Coulter Carey, Nate “Fwad” Pettigrew, Donald Kirksey, Daniel Pi and Huda Khatoon, volunteer. Front row: Dominic McFadden, Brandon “Chuck” Holmquist, Henry Donato, Catherine Thanh Nguyen, Stephanie Pi and James “Jimmy” Pi. Not pictured are: Lymphelium Lester Band, Ian Ihde, Ryan Delmonico, JC Stroebel, Emily Lukens, Nick D., Joy Knoppel, Jake Hall and Adam Trott. Photo courtesy of Andrew Nguyen

A group of Spring Lake Park High School rock bands and alums are staging a Bands Against Cancer event at Town Square Park in front of Blaine City Hall July 27. Among the performers and volunteers are: Top row, left to right: Chris Nguyen of NguyenDustries, event organizer; Coulter Carey, Nate “Fwad” Pettigrew, Donald Kirksey, Daniel Pi and Huda Khatoon, volunteer. Front row: Dominic McFadden, Brandon “Chuck” Holmquist, Henry Donato, Catherine Thanh Nguyen, Stephanie Pi and James “Jimmy” Pi. Not pictured are: Lymphelium Lester Band, Ian Ihde, Ryan Delmonico, JC Stroebel, Emily Lukens, Nick D., Joy Knoppel, Jake Hall and Adam Trott. Photo courtesy of Andrew Nguyen

Chris Nguyen, an incoming senior at the school and promoter, who has launched his own NguyenDustries, is the brainchild behind Bands Against Cancer. The event, open to all ages, will take place July 27 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at Town Square Park, 10801 Town Square Drive N.E. Admission is $4.

Proceeds will go to the Minnesota Angel Foundation, a financial assistance program for people diagnosed with cancer, are in active treatment and meet foundation guidelines.

“It’s a great thing to do,” said Nguyen, 17, in an interview.  “We all thought we needed to do something to make a difference.”

Staging the fund-raiser honors the memory of his father, who died last year, Nguyen said.

The bands appearing in what is billed as a mega and life-changing event are: Appalachians, Lymphelium Lester, Mother Earth, Bleed the Lizard and solo singers. A variety of music, such as classic rock, hip hop, rock alternatives, the Beatles and some golden oldies, is in store for event attendees.

Bands will perform in segments from 15 minutes to an hour. There will be games. Snacks will be offered for sale. T-shirts will be available for purchase for $10. The event will also include cancer awareness education.

Presented by NguyenDustries, Bands Against Cancer is sponsored by Minnesota Oncology in partnership with the Angel Foundation. Other sponsors are Silly Graphics and the Spring Lake Park Leos Club, a teen off-shoot of the Spring Lake Park Lions Club.

Nguyen was behind organizing last year’s Bands for Cans, which took place at District 16’s Fine Arts Center in Spring Lake Park. The event, featuring many of the bands slated to play in Bands Against Cancer, drew about 300 students. Bands for Cans collected 430 cans and $240, with proceeds going to a local food shelf.

“I kind of like putting things together, showing people what we can do as teenagers,” Nguyen said. “We hope to raise as much as possible for them (the Angel Foundation).”

Nguyen encourages community members to bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnic baskets, maybe an umbrella to Bands Against Cancer.

Pete Yelle, adviser for the event and community education coordinator at Spring Lake Park District 16, is amazed at Nguyen’s passion for planning the event. The marketing. Contacting bands. Promotional videos.

“I’m very impressed with his tenacity,” Yelle said. “I think it’s a great thing.”

Said Nguyen, “We want to inspire people to do things for change.”

NguyenDustries presents Bands Against Cancer Mega Music Event Friday, July 27, 3 to 8:30 p.m. $4 for all ages, rain or shine.

Proceeds to Angel Foundation, cancer survivor program.

Town Square Park in front of Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Drive N.E., Blaine.

To see a promotional video of the event, go to www.youtube.com and type in bandsagainstcancer in the search space.

For more information on Bands Against Cancer, visit http://www.facebook.com/slpbac.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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