The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 18, 2013

Saturday night concert will aid Sunbury fire victims

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — An officer and a gentleman have teamed up to put on a four-band concert to raise money for victims and family members of two city fires that swept through adjacent homes on Penn Street in March.

One resident was killed during the first fire, and the next day, another blaze forced a second family from its home.

Kent Dobson and Mike Berry, both of Sunbury, are hosting the concert Saturday night in the Americus Hose Company.

Dobson is an officer with the Americus, and Berry, the gentleman, is a member of the local fan-favorite band Jesse. Berry’s brother was one of the people to lose his home in the second fire.

Hour of Judgment, Counterfeit Dreams, Timothy’s Burden and Jesse will perform with the first band taking the stage at 8 p.m.

“We had a couple of people come and ask us to host this event,” Dobson said. “Mike helped organize the bands, and we are hoping for a big turnout to help these people.”

When the idea was proposed to Dobson, he said it was an easy decision.

“We want to help these people,” he said. “They lost everything.”

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the fire victims. The concert will begin at 8, and the bands will play until about 2 a.m. Dobson said no one younger than 21 will be admitted.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.