A trio of Colorado music acts will perform a benefit concert Friday in Windsor for the Love Hope Strength Foundation, which aims to find bone marrow donors at music events all over the world.
Performing will be Slopeside, a five-piece rock band comprising members from all over the Front Range; Stumble Monkey, a rock and funk group out of Fort Collins; and longtime northern Colorado singer and songwriter Liz Barnez.
A $5 suggested minimum donation will be collected at the door.
The Love Hope Strength Foundation will have a booth set up at Ricky B’s Sports Pub and Music Venue to swab patrons’ cheeks. The foundation sends out the cheek swabs to see if they can find a match for a bone marrow donor. Since the program started in 2007, the foundation has located 793 donor matches.
Cody Culver, piano and guitar player for Slopeside, said the band tries to play as many charity benefits as possible, with the upcoming event being the fourth the band has coordinated with Love Hope Strength.
“Love Hope Strength goes all over the world to find matches and raise money for their cause,” Culver said. “They can do a cheek swab and if you’re a match, they contact you and the health screens are all free to determine if you’re truly a match. The person could be in your area or could be across the globe.”
Culver said the goal is to try and sign up 100 people for the foundation at the event.
“Our No. 1 goal is helping Love Hope Strength,” Culver said.
Culver himself is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with a type of kidney cancer as a child.
“I was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor,” Culver said. “I’m cancer-free at this point. I’ve gone through the radiations, surgeries, chemotherapy, all the things a cancer patient goes through. It’s brought me to enjoy every moment of every day.”
For the past 10 years, Culver has also worked at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and said he continues to be passionate about getting involved with charities and supporting the cause.
At the event, the band will also be releasing “Ophelia,” the single from their upcoming album, offering a free download to the first 50 people through the door and will take pre-orders for the new album. They will also have more downloads of the single available for sale to those who don’t get one for free.
Fort Collins music promoter Dru Van Doren coordinated with Slopeside and Love Hope Strength to set up the event. She said the event will be a great way to celebrate remodeling work Ricky B’s has done with their music venue.
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of a large venue that’s been making improvements in Windsor,” Van Doren said. “They have a great stage and a new sound system. It all came together in a very organic way.”
Van Doren said a portion of the donations will go to the performing musicians and another portion will go to the Love Hope Strength Foundation.
For more information about Slopeside, visit www.slopesidemusic.com/.
For more information about the Love Hope Strength Foundation, visit www.lovehopestrength.org/.