Fund feeling sophomore pains

Published 7:20 pm Thursday, June 26, 2008

A local non-profit memorial fund is experiencing second year growing pains, and hopes to relieve those with another successful concert in Austin.

The Kellsey Jean Hogan Memorial Fund was established after 15-year-old Kellsey, the daughter of Reenie Hogan, died in a moped accident in August 2006. The fund donates to Catholic and public school programs, families in need, tuition assistance, scholarships and other local causes.

The fund’s first major fundraiser was a concert last year by the rock band Kansas on July 13 — Kellsey’s 16th birthday — at Riverside Arena. The band, one of her favorites, offered to donate their concert to the fund, who would foot the bill for all other expenses, like sound, lighting and space.

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Though the concert was a resounding success for the fledgling organization, they were not fortunate enough to obtain another big act who was willing to donate their concert free of charge, and the $50,000 in income largely went to expenses for the Kansas event.

They did, however, manage to hire another well-known act, the country-folk group Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to play their second concert July 18 at Riverside Arena. Local band D.C. Drifters & Friends will open the concert at 8 p.m., with the headliners taking stage at 9:15 p.m.

Vicki Legried, KJH fund promoter and vice president, said the NGDB is a “family band,” not just music for older generations.

“I think it’s going to be a wonderful family night of entertainment,” Legried said. “The type of music that appeals to everyone.”

Food will be available from Piggy Blues Bar-B-Que and CAD Concessions in addition to beer sold by the Austin Jaycees. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the event.

Tickets are $25 and available at Hy-Vee, First Farmers & Merchants Bank, the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce and online at