An evening in Seattle inspires a benefit at Benaroya

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Kalimba band will perform at the Benaroya August 16th for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation benefit.

The Kalimba band, a tribute to the music of epochal soul/funk act Earth, Wind & Fire, plays a benefit show for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation, at Benaroya Hall this coming Saturday, August 16th, 7:30 pm.  This “Rock & Soul For The Cure” benefit, oddly enough, had its genesis in Chinatown.

It was at Harry’s Tai Tung in Chinatown that friends Jerry Lee and Fred Brown (local legend “Downtown Freddie Brown,” who captained the Sonics championship team), met up for one of their usual dinners together, then hit Seattle nightlife for a taste of live music.  They found the Kalimba band, and as it happens, the band’s manager, Craig Lee, was one of the kids Jerry Lee (no relation) used to coach basketball for.  They made contact with Mona Locke through Susan G. Komen, and with the help of Martha Lee, secured Benaroya for the fundraiser.

The evening event includes a silent auction of autographed Seattle Mariners items.

MulvannyG2 Architecture and the Furuta Lee Foundation will underwrite the event, so that all proceeds go to Susan G. Komen. (end)

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