Unity Music Festival to feature Vic Ferrari

UMF celebrates 14th year of assisting Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund
by Jeff Pederson
of The Review staff

This weekend, the Vic Ferrari Band takes to the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts stage in Sheboygan as the lone musical act at this year’s 14th annual Unity Musical Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund (SCCCF) Saturday, April 7.

While each of the previous 13 shows has featured a broad range of talented musical performers sharing the historic Weill Center stage for the special evening, this year’s show, which begins at 7 p.m., will belong only to the widely popular Vic Ferrari Band.

The high-energy Northeastern Wisconsinbased rock ’n’ roll party band has performed over 2,500 shows in 25 states and 10 countries since forming in 1988.

“This year I was thinking out of the box and decided to do something totally new and different,” said Unity Music Festival Organizer Mary Ann Waldbauer of Sheboygan Falls. “I am so grateful to announce the Vic Ferrari Band as the one and only band for the whole evening.

“I have always hoped one day we would sell the show out,” she said. “We have 1,100 seats to fill. Maybe 2018 will be the year.”

Fundraising activities will kick off the festivities beginning at 5 p.m. with silent and liveauction viewing, as well as dollar and 50/50 raffles.

In addition, there will be two gala appetizer buffet events this year, one of which will run prior to the show upstairs at the Weill Center starting at 5 p.m.

The other buffet will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. next door to the Weill Center with chefs Clint and Tina Kasprzak and Miesfeld’s staff providing the appetizers.

All proceeds from this year’s show, which is sponsored by Matthews Oncology Associates- Sheboygan Cancer and Blood Specialists and Mersberger Financial Group, will go to support the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund, which assists cancer patients within Sheboygan County.

“All the proceeds stay local to support the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund,” Waldbauer said. “Its all about people helping people right here in our own community.

“Anyone suffering a financial hardship due to cancer can benefit from this fund,” she said. “We can help with heat, light, water, house mortgages, wigs, rent, uninsured medical bills, groceries or gas cards, quality of life classes, etc.,” she said. “We help make their quality of life better while going through this devastating time in their lives.”

Established in 2000, The Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund is the brainchild of local medical oncologist, H. Marshall Matthews, who recognized the need to help cancer patients through their cancer journey; it was established in 2000.

In 2002, 17 gestures totaling $2,700 were approved. Since then, hundreds of gestures, amounting to more than one million dollars, have been accepted by the SCCCF.

This year’s event will feature a live auction during intermission of the show featuring Auctioneer Daven Claerbout.

Live auction items include a Hi-Tech sport fishing charter for six people and family membership, personal training, wellness consultation, Under Armour backpack with workout accessories package donated by the Sports Core Health and Racquet Club.

Six Milwaukee Bucks tickets donated by Sheboygan Chevrolet and two tickets to the Dancing with the Stars Gala at Lakeland College.

Girls Day Out, including Blind Horse Wine & Cheese pairing for a group of eight, bottle of Birdy’s white wine and two glasses, yoga class for eight by Salon Sase and Firehouse Pizza party for eight with three appetizers, three large pizzas and eight beverages.

General admission tickets are currently on sale for $20 per person.

Show tickets are available in advance at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in Sheboygan Falls 1166 Fond du Lac Ave. in Sheboygan Falls, 467- 0477), Mary Ann or Rick Waldbauer (998 Huron Trail in Sheboygan Falls, 467-3303), Midwest Dental of Plymouth (1415 Eastern Ave. in Plymouth, 893-8458), Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts (826 North Eighth St. in Sheboygan, 208-3243), Matthews Oncology (1621 North Taylor Drive in Sheboygan, 458-7433), Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic (1222 North 23rd St. in Sheboygan, 457-6800), Plymouth Piggly Wiggly (141 Eastern Ave. in Plymouth, 893- 0741), Oostburg Piggly Wiggly (944 Center Ave. in Oostburg, 564-2234), Howards Grove Piggly Wiggly (714 South Wisconsin Drive in Howards Grove, 565-4421), Northside Piggly Wiggly (2905 North 15th St. in Sheboygan, 458-9991), Southside Piggly Wiggly (3124 South Business Drive, 452-0411), Festival Foods (595 South Taylor Drive in Sheboygan, 694-6260), Oostburg State Bank (905 Center Ave. in Oostburg, 564-2336), Trilling True Hardware (901 Michigan Ave. in Sheboygan, 457-5541), Sheboygan Chevrolet Buick (3400 South Business Drive, 459-6804) and Falls Healing Arts (275 North Main St., 467-8690).

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