Sept. 24, 2012
-- CINCINNATI, Ohio – Sept. 24, 2012 – Everyone knows baby wipes can be valuable in the right situation. But when you’re a soldier stationed at a remote location in Afghanistan, with sand whipping against your skin and your access to water inconsistent, a handful of baby wipes can mean everything.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, several local bands and businesses will come together to raise money to provide as many baby wipes and other items as possible to provide 153 soon-to-deploy U.S. Army soldiers from the Tri-State. The soldiers will leave for Afghanistan the end of this year for a 14-month deployment.
“Munchies, such as beef jerky and power bars, are also popular items with our soldiers in Afghanistan, as are everything from batteries to socks,” said Wendy Cappelano of Galen College of Nursing. Galen’s Student Nursing Association is helping to organize the event.
“We have asked the troops to fill out forms to tell us what they will need most,” Cappelano said, “and that’s what we will provide with the funds that we raise. From there, people can ‘adopt’ these soldiers and send them future supplies as well.”
Local groups the Diamond Jim Dews Band, Sweet Alice’s Unfinished Business Blues Band, Them Bones, The Special Band, Uptown Rhythm & Blues and other guest artists will perform at Mr. Pitiful’s, 1323 Main Street, in downtown Cincinnati.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 8 p.m. A silent auction will begin at 10 p.m., and the donation at the door is $10.
Other sponsors besides Galen, including the venue Mr. Pitiful’s, are Perfections Salon, Jenn Krieghoff Longaberger Baskets, Mama Vita’s Italian Restaurant, HD Beans, Yellow Ribbon Support Center, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Crave, Orange Leaf, Rock Bottom Brewery, Zola’s, Tin Roof, Stone Brook Winery, Zazou’s, Brother’s, Star Lanes, Jefferson Hall, and Funny Bone.