Friends of Fogelberg Event to Benefit Arrington Cancer Center

Published 08/12 2014 02:29PM

Updated 08/12 2014 02:37PM

LUBBOCK, TX (PRESS RELEASE) -- Dan Fogelberg, musician, songwriter and composer, best known for his 1980 hit “Longer” and his 1981 hit “Leader of the Band” died of prostate cancer at age 56 on Dec. 16, 2007. In a September tribute concert, Lubbock musicians and others will continue Fogelberg’s quest to defeat prostate cancer with a fundraiser to benefit Covenant Health’s Joe Arrington Cancer Center (JACC).
Friends of Fogelberg is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 18, in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater. Tickets are $25 at, and sponsorships of the event are still available.
The concert also is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Joe Arrington, namesake of the center, who himself died of prostate cancer.
Emcees for the evening are Junior Vasquez and Dr. Carl Britton, a local urological surgeon.
“Not many people realize that prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men, even more than lung and colorectal cancer,” said Joe Velasquez, social services supervisor at JACC. “It is also the second-leading cause of cancer death in men behind lung cancer.”
Velasquez said the concert will help raise the funds needed to allow them to increase awareness of prostate cancer, provide screenings for men and help educate men about the disease so they can be proactive in their own care.
“This is great opportunity for the community to show support for a good cause and for the men in their lives, be it their husbands, sons, brothers or friends,” he said. “The Joe Arrington Cancer Center has always been an important part of cancer care in the region, and we are proud to be able to partner with the Friends of Fogelberg to showcase some of the best music Lubbock has to offer. My hope is that this becomes an annual event, and with the help of artists like Junior Vasquez and Bo Garza and the other talented musicians, we think Lubbock will make this event a huge success.” 

Friends of Fogelberg has been a fixture in Amarillo for five years. The inaugural year the concert appears in a city, the repertoire is all Fogelberg music. Subsequent years find local musicians performing other material.
Scheduled performers include Kenny Maines, The Attendings, Mike Pritchard, Mark Wallney, Woody Key, David Dale, Cary Banks, Jerry Slater, Bo Garza, Junior Vasquez, Mikaela Vasquez and The Friends Band.

(Press release by Covenant Health)

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