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Dawg Daze of Summer Super Shelter Spectacular 2017: Be a Hero

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Who: six regional animal shelters and animal-rights organizations
What: Dawg Daze of Summer Super Shelter Spectacular
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When: 2017-06-11
A special benefit returns for the fifth year, inviting animal enthusiasts to come together for a res
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A special benefit returns for the fifth year, inviting animal enthusiasts to come together for a rescue and be heroes for furry friends in need.

The Dawg Daze of Summer Super Shelter Spectacular brings all the dogs Sunday, June 11 to Alto Vineyards and Winery. The event begins at noon and continues until 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person, and children twelve years and younger can enter for free.

According to the event’s Facebook page, more than $30,000 in donations were collected at previous Dawg Daze for local rescue organizations, and coordinators hope for another record-breaking year.

“There will be a wide variety of different activities,” Betty Williams, Alto Vineyards’ event coordinator, told Nightlife. “We are super animal lovers out here.”

Saint Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education Animal Shelter from Murphysboro will be on site with a doggie photo booth, where pet owners and their pooches can pose for keepsake pictures along with different props. Pets Are Worth Saving from Anna will present a kissing booth with their basset hound, Mona Lisa. Other participating organizations include the Angelina Foundation for Animal Welfare, Crittergal Rescue, Finding Forever Homes, and Union County Animal Control.

The Natives, Bosco and Whiteford, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, and Jackson Bandwagon will provide live music throughout the afternoon, while KGMO will broadcast live.

The Hangry Hut will serve several dishes at the event, including southern-fried catfish and shrimp tacos.

Other superhero-themed activities at Dawg Daze include a pet costume contest, a children’s coloring contest, and a duck pond.

Williams said a couple of local rescue groups will bring dogs who are available for adoption. She added that Dawg Daze is an important benefit for the region because it raises awareness about local animals in need.

“We care about animal-rescue organizations and we want to help,” she said.

Plus, it should be a doggone good time.

“To me, I make it a personal mission that I’m going to pet every dog that is there,” Williams said. “To me, there is nothing better than wines, dogs, and music. And I think much of Southern Illinois agrees.”

who: six regional animal shelters and animal-rights organizations

what: Dawg Daze of Summer Super Shelter Spectacular

where: Alto Vineyards and Winery

 

when: Sunday, June 11

Blake Bramlett: Benefits Will Help a Local Musician in Need

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Who: Blake Bramlett
What: brain-cancer benefits
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When: 2017-06-03 - 2017-06-04
Much of the local music scene will come together to support one of its own at a couple of shows this
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Much of the local music scene will come together to support one of its own at a couple of shows this weekend.

A benefit for Blake Bramlett has been set for Saturday, June 3 at Tres Hombres. The fundraiser will include a Soul Glo reunion show featuring Jenny Johnson, and additional performances by Dan Goett, the Jenny Johnson Band, the People versus Hugh DeNeal, and Ethan Stephenson.

A second event will occur Sunday, June 4 at Alto Vineyards and Winery with another impressive list of local talent. The show reunites the Giant City Slickers, and also includes the Jewels, the Bankesters, and Tawl Paul and friends.

The Alto Vineyards benefit will also feature a Date with a Dog adoption event, which is put on by the Humane Society of Southern Illinois. A silent auction, raffles for large-ticket items, and barbecue plates are also planned for the event.

Bramlett has been a part of many local bands. He currently plays upright bass for rockabilly and honkytonk trio the Swamp Tigers.

Swamp Tigers’ guitarist Andrew Staff said all proceeds from the two shows will go toward helping Bramlett with treatments, travel costs to Saint Louis, and other expenses.

Bramlett was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor developed from certain star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for Bramlett, a neurology team informed him about the diagnosis after Bramlett received a magnetic resonance imaging test to discover what had been causing headaches and neck pain. A seven-centimeter grade-three cancerous tumor was compressing into the right-front of his brain.

“It’s very rare,” Staff said. “It only accounts for seven percent of all brain tumors.”

The doctors decided to immediately operate, giving the family— Bramlett, his wife Jordan (also a local musician), and their two young children— little time to prepare for what’s next.

When he started organizing the benefits, Staff said that so many people signed up to help out, he had to add a second day.

“I didn’t even really have to ask,” he said. “Everyone just wanted to get involved once they found out it was happening.”

Staff said Bramlett is not the type of person who seeks the spotlight, so a couple of days dedicating him as the guest of honor will feel foreign.

“He doesn’t really look for attention, so it’ll be very strange for him,” Staff said. “I think they are just grateful for everything and everyone coming out to help.”

who: Blake Bramlett

what: brain-cancer benefits

where: Tres Hombres; Alto Vineyards and Winery

 

when: Saturday, June 3; Sunday, June 4

Chef Clash 2017 Raises Money for the Women’s Center and the Boys and Girls Club

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Who: First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust and local culinary artists
What: Chef Clash (Women’s Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale banquet, benefit)
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When: 2017-06-03
The eighth annual Chef Clash will benefit the Women’s Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Carbonda
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The eighth annual Chef Clash will benefit the Women’s Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale Saturday, June 3 at the SIU Arena.

Old National Bank started the event, originally titled One-hundred Men Who Cook. After Old National was sold to First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, the new owners decided to keep the event going, with different beneficiaries receiving the proceeds every year.

“At the event, we will have about one-hundred gentleman that will bring a dish that they’ve prepared for all of the guests to sample,” Jolene Falat, branch manager at First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, told Nightlife. “We have desserts, main courses, side dishes, appetizers, bread, soups, and salads— there will be a wide selection of every kind of food that you can imagine. Guests have an opportunity to sample as much as of the food as they like.”

Winners are determined by audience response, as measured financially.

“Guests tip their favorite chef,” Falat said, “and on the basis of the tips we determine a winner in each category. We have trophies and a presentation at the end of the evening for the chef. And our goal, especially in the times that we are in here in our state of Illinois, is to do everything we can to help these two organizations keep their doors open going forward.”

According to an April Carbondale Times report, the Women’s Center, which serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, is especially endangered. Illinois’s budget deadlock could force it to close in July, making funds from the Chef Clash even more necessary.

Tickets for the event are $75. In addition to enjoying the food, participants may compete in both a silent and live auction.

“We have a trip to Saint Croix in our live package,” Falat said. “We have both a Cubs package and a Cardinals package, complete with hotel stays, and we also have a diamond-and-emerald bracelet in our live auction that is just beautiful.”

Since the first event in 2010, the event has raised more than $253,000 for local charities, about $35,000 of which it brought in last year.

“It’s a very informal evening,” Falat said. “The chefs— a lot of them— have been doing it for a few years, but we do have first-time chefs this year, too. Aside from the wonderful food that [audiences] get to sample, a lot of the chefs decorate their tables. It’s just a lot of fun. They get the opportunity to meet a lot of new people, try a lot of food, and mingle with a lot of friends....

“It’s a great way to get some funds to those organizations.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit <http://www.ChefClash.com>.

who: First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust and local culinary artists

what: Chef Clash (Women’s Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale banquet, benefit)

where: SIU Arena

 

when: Saturday, June 3

Tres Hombres • Carbondale: Blake Bramlett benefit w/ Soul Glo featuring Jenny Johnson / Dan Goett / Jenny Johnson Band / People versus Hugh DeNeal / Ethan Stephenson

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