Concert offers 'change' to believe in

February 05, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - On Saturday, a benefit concert for the Alzheimer's Association will provide help from above - literally.

Money stuffed in the ceiling cracks at Unique Bar & Grill will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association in Harrisburg, Pa., said Jason Dragas, the venue's event coordinator.

The Unique Bar & Grill will host a free, celebratory concert Saturday featuring several regional bands. The Boro Boogie Pickers are the headliners. Booker Lee & the County Fair are the openers.

Dragas said the bar will match the amount in the ceiling and is taking donations Saturday. He said last year, a similar event raised a total of $1,500 for breast cancer. Of the amount raised, $340 of it came from the ceiling.


This year's amount has not been tallied.

The tradition of stuffing money in the ceiling cracks dates back to the late 1950s, "over a 10-cent wager on a baseball game," Dragas said.

The money was stuffed in the ceiling crack for safe keeping, until the winner needed it.

The tradition stuck. "Once in a while you'll have one that falls down," Dragas said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Alzheimer's benefit concert

WHEN: 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7

WHERE: Unique Bar & Grill, 13314 Monterey Lane, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

COST: Free admission, though donations will be accepted

CONTACT: Call Unique Bar & Grill, 717-794-2565, or go to


o 3 p.m. - Booker Lee & the County Fair

o 5 p.m. - Jay Parks and Sean Grove

o 6:30 p.m. - Josh Morningstar

o 8 p.m. - The Boro Boogie Pickers

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