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Sister Hazel Raises Over $200,000 for Lyrics For Life: Camp Hazelnut and Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation – Over Two Million in Funds Raised to Date

Sister Hazel Raises Over $200,000 for Lyrics For Life: Camp Hazelnut and Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Over Two Million in Funds Raised to Date

Star-Studded Night Featured Special Acoustic Songwriter in the Round Performances by Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, and Emerson Hart of Tonic

NASHVILLE, TN (December 1, 2017) Platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, hosted
Lyrics For Life-An Evening Of Making Music Matter on Sunday, November
5, 2017 in the Band’s hometown, Gainesville, FL. This marked the first
time in the 15-year history of the charities events that the band hosted
in their hometown. Presented by Rich and Carissa Blaser, the
event raised over $200k for the non-profit charities Lyrics For
Life’s Camp Hazelnut and Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, as well
as Stop Children’s Cancer in Gainesville, FL. This special event put the charity over the two million markin funds raised since the inception of the charity in 2002. Attendees bid in a star-studded silent auctionfeaturing
handwritten lyrics by some of the industry’s biggest stars including
James Taylor, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and more. 

“The Lyrics
For Life benefit concert was a true homecoming for all of us in the
Sister Hazel family,” said lead singer Ken Block. “In the 15 years since
the band and I founded L4L to combat children’s cancer in memory of my
little brother, Jeffrey, we’ve hosted events across the country, but
this event was our first L4L event at home in Gainesville and it was
incredible.”

A
portion of the proceeds from every Lyrics For Life event around the
country is donated to Stop Children’s Cancer in Gainesville, FL to help
fund pediatric cancer research. Lyrics For Life is proud to have donated
approximately $250K over the years to Stop. Other cancer charities that
have also benefited from Lyrics For Life’s events include Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa, Camp Sunshine in Atlanta, as well as other camps and programs in the cities where the events have been held.

About Sister Hazel:

Originating
from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted,
seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called
“one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last
15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song “All for You”
topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the
success propelled their album to platinum status. In their first showing
on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In
The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard‘s Top Current Albums chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The band landed on Billboard’s Top
Country Albums Chart again in 2016 with “Unplugged From Daryl’s House
Club” at #75. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band hosts
annual events like “Hazelnut Hang,” that focuses on fan involvement and
was a pioneer in themed cruise experiences by co-founding “The Rock
Boat,” a cruise featuring nonstop opportunities for fan/artist
interaction. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with
their audience through social media. In addition to the events and
touring, the band also gives back with Lyrics For Life. Founded by
singer Ken Block and the band, the charity unites musicians and
celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and
patient-care charities.

About Lyrics For Life:

Lyrics
For Life is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to make a
difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. Sister Hazel
frontman, Ken Block, and his band mates founded Lyrics For Life in
memory of Ken’s younger brother, Jeffrey, who ultimately lost his
four-year battle with cancer that started at age 14. The charity unites
musicians and celebrities for concert events, auctions, and other
fundraising efforts. The monies raised are donated to groups that are
working to find a cure, as well as those aiming to enrich the lives of
patients and their families. From research to summer camps and family
support groups, we are surrounding this disease and conquering it from
every angle. Artists participate in many ways, often by donating
handwritten lyrics to one of their songs on anything from a simple sheet
of paper to a surfboard to some other unique item, which we offer for
auction at one of our Lyrics For Life events. Our team of musicians,
volunteers, sponsors, and supporters set high goals for the future. We
accept the challenge to find new ways of raising money and awareness and
to help make each day a little brighter until there is a cure.  http://www.lyricsforlife.org/

About Camp Hazelnut: 

Decades
of familiar, happy faces cover the walls in the dining hall of Camp
Crystal Lake outside Gainesville, FL. Kids around the U.S. have been
spending summers there for as long as anyone can remember, so when the
Camp’s Director, Scott Burton, got word to the band that he would love
to collaborate on an event, everyone loaded up the car and headed out
for a visit. The conversation started simply as a family-focused Sister
Hazel fan event—a weekend “summer camp” retreat with activities,
bonfires, cabins, and, of course, music. When Sister Hazel decided to
also invite some regional kids with cancer and their families, the idea
took on a whole new meaning, and the weekend turned out to be far more
powerful than anyone first imagined: so much so, that they decided to
center future Camp Hazelnut events around these special kids and
families. The Camp Hazelnut goal is simple: create a playful, safe,
uplifting experience for kids and families navigating the overwhelming
challenges of a cancer diagnosis. It’s a place to simply get away and
come together. The campers embark on a great exploration to discover (or
rediscover!) the magic that can only be created at summer camp, and the
band is right there alongside them every step of the way, leading
activities, playing acoustic campfire sing-alongs, sharing, giggling,
and having a blast. http://www.lyricsforlife.org/camp-hazelnut

About The Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation:

The
Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation was founded in 2011 by a
group of Florida Cancer Specialists partner physicians who recognized
many patients struggle with everyday living expenses while undergoing
cancer treatment. They believed no one should choose between paying
bills and receiving cancer treatment. The FCS Foundation provides
financial support to qualified cancer patients and their families for
expenses such as rent or mortgage, car payments and utility bills. By
giving patients peace of mind in knowing that their bills are being paid
while they are undergoing treatment, we allow them to concentrate on
what really matters fighting cancer and getting well.

Non-medical, financial aid from the FCS Foundation is available to
Florida residents 18 years of age or older who are receiving cancer
treatment from a Florida oncologist. Recipients must have a household
income at or below 200% of the national poverty guidelines. 100% of
donations received go directly towards paying the essential living
expenses of someone with cancer. http://foundation.flcancer.com/

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