Cancer benefit concert looking for sponsors

Published 12:36 pm Monday, March 12, 2012

Organizers with the Lyle Area Cancer Auction are already planning for a concert this summer, and they’re looking for help.

Jeff and Georgia Ramaker are planning the annual Delmar Ramaker Memorial Concert for the Cure, in honor of Jeff’s brother who died of colon cancer in 1998. Jeff said he and his wife are looking for anyone to volunteer or sponsor the concert.

“That’s how we’ll make the show bigger and better each year and make more money,” Jeff said.

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The Ramakers will likely move the show to a new venue: the Mower County Fairgrounds grandstand.

“We’re moving to a bigger venue, and we’re hoping that will increase seating space and appeal to people,” Jeff said.

The concert — featuring Six Mile Grove with Bob Wooten and Leland Martin — is scheduled for Aug. 25. Jeff said he is looking for another act.

For the Ramakers, the concert started as a way to honor Delmar’s memory.

“For me, it’s a way to honor him every year and raise money for cancer,” Jeff said.

Besides honoring his brother, Jeff said, the LAC has helped by allowing him to meet other people affected by cancer.

“It’s well worth the time put into it,” he said. “The rewards are great.”

People interested in volunteering or sponsoring can call the Ramakers at 507-208-6085 or 507-325-1284.