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American Red Cross Hosting Benefit Concert
Featuring Local Band – The Accidentals 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, October 30, 2017 —American Red Cross volunteers currently responding to three historic hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria – and the deadliest wildfires in California’s history are heroes for their selfless service in time of need. West Michigan is also fortunate to have its own heroes serving our communities right here at home, and the Red Cross of West Michigan will honor them at the 2018 Hometown Heroes Encore Event on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids. 

The Red Cross of West Michigan has celebrated more than 50 individuals over the past decade at this annual event for their commitment to service. The evening is a celebration of humanity, as well as an opportunity to connect with members of the community, Red Cross staff and volunteers. In addition to networking and live music, Hometown Heroes Encore will include a cocktail hour, sit-down dinner and a live auction.  

The evening’s musical headliner will be The Accidentals, one of Yahoo! Music’s top ten bands to watch in 2017. The benefit concert portion of the evening is open to the public. Ticket information is available at www.redcross.org/HometownHeroesEncore

The Accidentals

For sponsorship opportunities, or for more information on Hometown Heroes Encore, contact Eva Alexander at (616) 456-8661 x 8999 or eva.alexander@redcross.org.

About The Accidentals: The Accidentals’ story began in their hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, where instrumentalists Katie Larson and Sav Buist were paired for a high school orchestra event. The two began playing music together as The Accidentals, with their influences being classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock and the obscure. In 2014, they added drummer Michael Dause to the group. All three are multi-instrumentalists incorporating guitar, bass, glockenspiel, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, accordion and kazoo to their sound. 

About the American Red Cross: The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. 

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