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Have fun, do good at Fred-For-All concerts
MUSIC soothes the soul, and it soon will help the body, too: Starting Sept. 14, Fred-For-All, a concert series in Eagle Village, will raise money on four consecutive Wednesday evenings for the recession-pressed Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic, a regional health mecca for the poor.
The Sept. 14 show will feature a band called Schiavone McGee at the shopping center, across the U.S. 1 pedestrian bridge from the University of Mary Washington. After paying expenses, Eagle Village Merchants, sponsor of the concert, will donate what's left from the $5-ticket sales to the clinic, which offers health and dental services to those unable to pay for them in Planning District 16 (Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, and King George).
The series, which sounds like jolly good fun, also will present the D.J. Williams Projekt (R&B) on Sept. 21, the interestingly named Jackass Flats (cross-genre) on Sept. 28, and Tropikiimba (Caribbean) on Oct. 5. Home Team Grill, Eagle Village's anchor tenant, pioneered this happy approach to philanthropy at its two Richmond-area locations to help the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The recession has thrown thousands of people hereabouts out of work or into jobs with no benefits--people who are too young to collect Medicare and have a little too much wealth to tap Medicaid. These unfortunates--you probably can put faces to some of them--are Moss' target clientele. Of the clinic's 2,000 active patients, 489 have walked through its doors for the first time since the beginning of this year. The Moss Free Clinic depends on the generosity of those of us in better circumstances to meet these cascading human needs.
The Fred-For-All concert hours are 6-9 p.m. Tickets may be ordered by calling 540/479-1011 or by visiting fredforall.com on the Web. What a deal: Feel and do good for one modest price.