2018-08-16 / Front Page

Concert Raises $3,000 For Special Olympics

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


A benefit concert planned by local woman Sabrina Fagely featuring the Kenton Sitch Band made more than $3,000 for the Fulton County Special Olympics. Pictured, left: A.R. Banks, KSB guitarist/ backup vocals; Ron Wintersgill, KSB drummer/backup vocals; Sabrina Fagley, concert coordinator; Jac Gassler, bass guitar/backup vocals; and Kenton Sitch, lead vocals/lead guitar/song writer. A benefit concert planned by local woman Sabrina Fagely featuring the Kenton Sitch Band made more than $3,000 for the Fulton County Special Olympics. Pictured, left: A.R. Banks, KSB guitarist/ backup vocals; Ron Wintersgill, KSB drummer/backup vocals; Sabrina Fagley, concert coordinator; Jac Gassler, bass guitar/backup vocals; and Kenton Sitch, lead vocals/lead guitar/song writer. “I wanted to do something different for the community, but I wanted it to be for a reason. We don’t always have a lot of fun stuff to do around here, and after volunteering for the Special Olympics of Fulton County last year, I thought it would be a great way to raise money and awareness, for a great cause but also have a little fun.”

Sabrina Fagley explained as members of the Kenton Sitch Band and early bird ticket holders milled around the alumni building gym at 5 p.m. last Saturday evening. In the background, ticket holders excitedly approached the band for selfies, purchased food, and checked out merchandise.

Wanting to provide a unique treat to those who live here and help a good cause, Fagley, a resident of Hustontown and an employee at Fulton County Medical Center, decided that she was going to book a band, raise some money, and donate the proceeds to the Fulton County Special Olympics. Being a volunteer for the Special Olympics and booking manager for the Kenton Sitch Band, she was able to dream up the idea of a benefit concert and started putting it into action.

Shortly after she got the band on board, 104.7 WAYZ heard about the concert and donated air time promotion of the event and their sponsors, and everything, Fagley said, seemed to fall into place. By the end of the night, the concert raised a grand total of $3,112. Special thanks were given to Kenton Sitch Band, 104.7 WAYZ, and the many local sponsors that contributed.

When talking with the band, lead singer Kenton Sitch was quick to agree with Fagley’s idea. “It’s a great cause,” he said, “and we’re happy to be a part of it.” The Kenton Sitch Band, which debuted in the fall of 2017, played a lively three-hour concert that featured their new song, “Lover & Fighter.” The song, though new, will start playing on several radio stations, including 104.7 WAYZ within a few weeks’ time.

The Special Olympics, scheduled for Sept. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at McConnell Park, provides an opportunity for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in trainings and compete in competitions. Other events are held throughout the year, such as the High Voltage Wrestling and House of Pain event that was held at the McConnellsburg High School earlier this year in April.

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