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Concert raises $2,500 for local Boys and Girls Club

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RONAN — The Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County hosted its second-annual fundraising concert last week, drawing a massive crowd to see the show.

The Bus Driver Tour concert featured music by Danny Freund, Paul Kupher and Ian Thomas. Their bluesy, folk and bluegrass-style music was met with applause and cheers from the crowd of nearly 200 local residents who came out to support the organization. A fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club,the concert netted the club a total of $2,553. Local businesses covered the $500 cost of the band, and Thrivent Financial matched $620 of the funds raised.

Patron and local resident Carlee Schnase said she enjoyed the music and that she comes to as many of these types of events as possible.

“I’m here contributing to the Boys and Girls Club, which is an awesome organization in the Mission Valley,” she said. “This band is awesome and it’s a great family-oriented event.”

According to Boys and Girls Club Director John Schnase, that atmosphere was exactly what the club was aiming for.

“We thought it would be a good family night,” he said. “We’re not selling booze, we’re just having a nice evening in the warm summer sun.”

All funds generated by the concert went toward general operating expenses for club and helped to fund the summer program. Last year, the club earned somewhere between $1,000 and $1,500.

As the sun set and the band played on, children walked among the crowd, passing out American flag stickers and playing football as part of a night that could only belong to Western Montana.

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