Musical "Fun-raiser" in Ely Supporting Fight against Alzheimer's

Updated: August 08, 2018 08:55 AM

A musical "happening" of sorts is taking place in Ely to fight Alzheimer's Disease. Proceeds from the 2-day event will go toward the Spiritwood Foundation, a nonprofit that helps local families and caregivers who help those with the disease.

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Donna and Pat Surface are co-founders of the foundation and also wrote the show together. Donna explained in their visit to GMN Wednesday, that she and Pat joined the fight against the disease after her father died from it in 2004.

"We started by raising money for caregivers," she says. "We fund caregiver assistance programs. We put the money back into the community to help programs like that."

She says the foundation is also working to help state veterans homes around Minnesota.

While the disease has a dark stigma, the show itself is fun and aims to produce positive vibes. Anyone who attends will be taken on a trip back to the late 60s/early 70s when the phrase 'Peace & Love' was used by many. It follows Moonbeam, a proclaimed goddess of love, and her popular dance/music TV show. Her show

The sounds folks will hear throughout are provided by Pat Surface and the Boundary Water Boys. Pat says the band collectively has two GRAMMY Awards and a Telly Award. In addition, one of the members, John Ely, is a member of the Texas Pedal Steel Hall of Fame.

There are two chances to watch this fun event, Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. At the Vermilion Community College Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets are $15.

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