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Rockers band together for baby Justice fundraiser

Event to bring attention to child abuse

Event to bring attention to child abuse

February 22, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

Rich Hannon is no stranger to playing music for a good cause.

Before he moved to Annapolis, Md., in 2003, Hannon coordinated four Summer Bashes, concerts to raise money for the John R. Marsh Cancer Center at Robinwood Medical Center. He began the concerts to honor his father, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He died in 2002.

This Sunday, Hannon and his band will perform at the All for Justice Benefit at the New Delmar Inn west of Hagerstown. Five bands are donating time to raise money for the medical expenses incurred by 4-month-old Justice Calvin Stotler, organizers said. Additional proceeds will be given to The Children's House by Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Justice's family stayed while he was at the hospital, said Michelle Dutrow, event organizer

Dutrow said she also hopes the concert will raise awareness about child abuse.

Justice died Jan. 6. Floyd Edward Bingaman III, 21, of 17308 Amber Drive southwest of Hagerstown, has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death in connection with Justice's death, according to charging documents in Washington County District Court.

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Proceeds from the concert for the medical expenses will be given to Justice's mother, Ashley Stotler of Maugansville, Dutrow said.

Donations can be made by writing a check to "All for Justice Fund" and sending it to M&T Bank, c/o All for Justice Fund, Oak Ridge Branch, 10721 Fairway Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Other rock bands slated to perform are Jester, Nuthin Yet, Metaghius and Deadlocked, said Jeff Barnhart, who invited the bands to perform and is bass guitarist for Jester.

Barnhart said he had no problem finding bands willing to donate their time.

Except for Hannon, the bands will play rock covers. Jester will play covers ranging from Van Halen to Godsmack to Nickelback, Barnhart said.

Hannon's band, which also consists of bass player Lenny Everett and drummer Sean Boyer, both of Hagerstown, will perform rock songs Hannon wrote.

Hannon, 34, who graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1990, used to belong to a few bands in the local area, including Five Dollar Fine.

His new band recently signed a deal with Cingular Wireless to make two of his songs, "Drivin'" and "Never Seen It All," downloadable ringtones. He has a three-song promotional CD that will be sold at Sunday's show with a full-length CD expected to be released in midsummer.

To hear some of Rich Hannon's music, go to www.myspace.com/richhannon.




If you go ...



WHAT: All for Justice Benefit, five regional rock bands perform to raise money for the medical expenses incurred by 4-month-old Justice Stotler.

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 25. Doors open at 1 p.m. First band starts at 1:45 p.m. The event goes until 7 p.m. or later.

WHERE: The New Delmar Inn, 16715 National Pike; west of Hagerstown on U.S. 40.

COST: Donation requested.

MORE: Food and beverages will be sold. For more information, e-mail event organizer Michelle Dutrow at hellokitty1@myactv.net.




Performance schedule:

1:45 to 2:30 p.m.: Nuthin Yet

3 to 3:45 p.m.: Metaghius

4 to 4:45 p.m.: Rich Hannon

5 to 5:45 p.m.: Deadlocked

6 to 6:45 p.m.: Jester

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