Music and hope in Carson City: Friday’s ‘HopeFest9’ outdoor concert benefits cancer patients | Carson City Nevada News


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Going into its 9th year, Carson Tahoe Health Foundation has brought together musicians and music lovers from throughout Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe for a free summer concert celebration to raise money for area cancer patients. This Friday, HopeFest9 returns, with international platinum-selling singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson and the Believers.

Hutchinson and the band will be gracing the HopeFest stage for the first time ever, performing some of his top hits like, “Dear Me,” “Ok it’s all right by me,” and “Rock & Roll” as well as new music. HopeFest9 will be Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center.

His music blends multiple layers of pop, R&B, reggae, folk and Americana. Hutchinson tours extensively and has performed at venues across the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, England, and Dubai. He has toured with such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, OneRepublic, O.A.R., Pentatonix, Hanson, Tristan Prettyman, John Mulaney and G. Love & Special Sauce.

All proceeds from food, drink, and raffle ticket sales will go towards direct patient support for those facing cancer. Go here for more concert information. These funds benefit the critical needs of patients that go beyond the hospital walls, such as gas to get to treatment, no-cost lodging at the Merriner Cottages, and help with insurance co-pays and life-saving medications.

This support allows patients and their families to be free from fear of losing their home, running out of gas on their way to treatment, or other financial burdens during such a devastating time in their lives.

Since 2011, HopeFest has raised over $700,000 for the Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center. Although HopeFest is only one day, it provides 365 days of support to local patients in need.

Additionally, for the 9th consecutive year, HopeFest’s grand raffle prize is sponsored by Dick Campagni’s Dealership Group. One lucky raffle winner will have a choice $10,000 cash or a brand-new car from Toyota or Ford. Tickets can be purchased at or prior to HopeFest at locations throughout Carson City including Carson Tahoe Gift Shop, Carson Tahoe Marketing Office, and Health & Wellness Institute. Raffle tickets are priced at $20 each or 6 for $100.

Earlier this month, the Foundation at Carson Tahoe Health announced a new opportunity for interested donors to support initiatives and give with a new “Text-to-Donate” option. With this new feature, anyone with a cell phone can simply text “HopeFest” to 44321. A link to a secure donation page will be sent back to the supporter via text. Standard text message rates may apply, and vary by carrier.

“Our work for the Cancer Resource Center here at the hospital, our Merriner Cottages and more would not be possible without the generous donations and support from our community,” said Kitty McKay, CTH Foundation Director. “We’re hopeful that this new donation option will make it easier, faster and even more convenient to help us spread hope and improve the lives of those we serve every day.”

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