For the past three years, Navy Reserves veteran Shay Kelleher has been unable to walk, drive or work due to a condition known as Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, an autoimmune, neurological disorder similar to MS.
Local musicians have rallied to her assistance and the Beachland Ballroom
will host a special benefit from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, to help Kelleher, whose mother was in marketing and promotion for MCA and WEA Records and whose father plays with several local bands, raise money for a hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Cost of the procedure is $60,000. Insurance doesn't cover the expense.
Acts such as Snake Rock and Ally, Exit, Bi-Polar Express, Blue Stone Union and the Rockin’ Ravers with guest star, former Raspberries’ drummer Jim Bonfanti, will perform.
The Ghoul will be on hand, and local rock photographer Janet Macoska will sponsor a “sale” table featuring her photos and books. Photos from George Shuba, Maureen Gray and Joe Kleon will be for sale as well.
A silent auction will feature a number of items, including a Bernie Kosar signed jersey, an Iman Shumpert signed basketball shoe, the original “Born Loser” artwork from artist Chip Samson, and a Christmas package featuring two tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 5 DVDs, Twizzlers and eight Christmas stockings.