LAURINBURG — What started as a small, acoustic jam session among a few friends to raise money for the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center turned into an evening comprised of eight professional musicians along with a couple of local celebrities.
The Jim and Dave Sing Along Spectacular raised over $6,000 for the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center’s patient assistance fund. This fund provides wigs, personal care items, medication assistance, travel vouchers, meals, and snacks for patients.
When Dave Myers’s mother, Brenda Myers, lost her battle to cancer in April of this year, he received a phone call from his longtime friend Jim Quick of Jim Quick and the Coastline Band. The two Laurinburg natives were catching up and made tentative plans to get together one day and play some music.
That get together evolved into the evening of food, friends, and music at the Storytelling and Arts Center in downtown Laurinburg on Sunday.
“Obviously the event spawned from talking to Jim about my mother but really it was for everyone who works at the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center and take care of people who receive treatment there,” Myers said. “It was just a chance to raise awareness for that great organization and to raise money to help them do things for people in the future.”
The center’s patient assistance fund provides wigs, personal care items, medication assistance, travel vouchers, meals, and snacks for patients. Myers joked early on that “tickets would cost $30 but that they would give you a $31 show.”
Myers said they had also kidded around about charging a certain amount for specific song requests from the audience, but as the evening went on, the audience ante-ed up, especially for Old Crow Medicine Show’s hit song “Wagon Wheel.”
“We had a list of songs with prices beside them, showing what they would cost for a donation. It was actually meant as a joke. It had some of the most requested songs like ‘Margaritaville’ or ‘Brown-Eyed Girl,’” Myers said.
“Wagon Wheel’s” price was $250.
“Again, it was a joke but lo and behold, people put down $250 bucks,” Myers said.
Donations requesting that song brought in $750.
“It’s a song about North Carolina. It brings out Carolina pride. I know when I was in Tennessee and I’d get homesick, that was my go-to song,” Myers said.
The event was described as a spontaneous evening of popular songs with a few Coastline originals thrown in for good measure.
“I think what made it successful is we kept it off the cuff,” Myers said. “We didn’t go in with a set play list or anything like that. We’d just call out a song title in the key of E or A or whatever and we just kind of ran with it.”
Guests had a southern summer meal provided by Frances Willis as well as service by local celebrity bartenders from the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center. The table centerpieces and room decor featured photos of patients expressing their gratitude for the community’s support.
“We are continuously amazed by the generous support from this community for the Foundation and our healthcare system,” said Kirsten Dean, executive director of Scotland Memorial Foundation. “We are so very grateful to Dave Myers, Jim Quick, and Frances Willis for helping organize this event in honor the entire Scotland Cancer Treatment Center Team.”
Myers said he was grateful for everyone who attended the show.
“It was such a great evening and it was so much fun,” Myers said. “I have a big thank you for Jim and the guys in the band. Everybody came out and played for free. Nobody got paid. I really hope we get to do it again next year.”
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