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 mark in funds raised since the inception of the charity in 2002. Attendees bid in a star-studded silent auction featuring 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.