On the heels of two successful fall concerts, the Unity Music Festival surpassed the $10,000 fundraising milestone for the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund in 2021.
After holding annual fundraising concerts for the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund from 2005 through 2020, the Unity Music Festival upped the ante in fall 2021 with a pair of concerts featuring Casi Joy of “The Voice” television show on Oct. 2 at Sheboygan Lutheran Fine Arts Center and BritBeat at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan on Nov. 6.
According to Belgium resident Jon Bolker, who took over organizational duties for the Unity Music Festival from original UMF founder and organizer Mary Ann Waldbauer in 2020, the Unity Music Festival will return in early 2022 with a new fundraising beneficiary.
“Despite the challenging environment with the COVID-19 pandemic, I was happy that we were able to raise $10,000 for the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund as a result of the two concerts in 2021,” Bolker said. “My ultimate goal for the Unity Music Festival is to expand the once yearly festival into multiple events, as well as diversify the charities we work with.
“For this next concert on Saturday, February 19th, I have elected to raise funds for the Leukemia Research Foundation,” he said. “Like the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund, the Leukemia Research Foundation assists people directly. However, their main emphasis throughout the years has been to provide direct funding to early research to find cures for blood cancers. Since 1948, they have funded over $80 million dollars for these efforts. Those looking for more information, can check out https://allbloodcancers.org/.”
The next Unity Music Festival concert to benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation on Saturday, Feb. 19 will feature Terry Lee Goffee’s “World’s Greatest Johnny Cash Experience” at the Sheboygan Lutheran Fine Arts Center in Sheboygan.
“Terry Lee Goffee is the leading guy in the country, who looks like and sounds like Johnny Cash. Even Johnny Cash’s siblings have endorsed him,” Bolker said. “Tickets for this show are already selling quickly, so I would encourage people to get their tickets soon.”