Small town standoutsPublished 12:16pm Monday, March 28, 2011
Jeff and Georgia Ramaker were touched by cancer and now they’re trying to do something about it.
Jeff and Georgia Ramaker first moved to Lyle about 10 years ago, and the two soon became involved with the Lyle Area Cancer Auction.
Now they’re blending a love for music with a drive to fight the disease they know all too well.
Jeff is co-founder of the Delmar Ramaker Memorial Concert for the Cure, in honor of his brother who died of colon cancer in 1998. Jeff even wrote and performed a song in honor of his brother.
Likewise, Georgia’s sister recently beat breast cancer, and she also has a friend who was recently diagnosed.
“It just kind of hits you,” she said. “I guess that’s what keeps you going.”
The concert started small in its first year with about 200 people listening to groups like Glen Sebastian and Six Mile Grove at the Austin VFW.
“We’re hoping to grow that into a bigger event every year,” Jeff said.
This summer, the concert will likely move outside to the Ramaker’s farm.
“It gives use more room and more options to have a lot more people,” he said.
Jeff’s goal is to help build the concert into more of a festival featuring a full slate of acts and camping.
Jeff has ties to artists like Shane Wyatt and Whealan Martin, and his goal is to someday attract a nationally known musician.
Hosting an event on their property is nothing new for the Ramakers.
For many years, the two hosted a haunted barn around Halloween. When their barn began to age, the two stopped hosting the event.
“It was very tough for me to give up,” Georgia said.
The two had to give it up because their barn was aging.
Even with the haunted barn behind them, Jeff and Georgia are excited to continue promoting the auction through other avenues.