Night of beach music benefits less fortunate

Nov. 12, 2013 @ 04:32 PM

A band that has won fans and accolades for its beachy sound will be in town soon — assisting a nonprofit that is assisting others.

Lights on Broadway has announced a night featuring the Band of Oz, benefiting Christian United Outreach of Center (CUOC) of Sanford. The event on Nov. 23 will be at the Dennis A. Wicker Center, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for kids or cans of food. A box truck will also be parked at the Civic Center for collections.

“CUOC is committed to meeting the needs of the citizens of Lee County who are in need,” said CUOC Director Teresa Kelly. “With the economy in recovery mode, there are a large number of Lee County residents [who] are struggling, and the holidays are a very difficult time for so many people. We are pleased to partner with LOB in providing not only a great night of entertainment, but helping others in the process.”

Since 1967, The Band of Oz has played clubs and corporate parties, and for several years, the group has been a guest on most of the major beach concerts in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia. The Band of Oz now features a full horn section to total an eight-member group.

Performing well over 200 shows per year, the Band of Oz was recently nominated for several awards at the Carolina Beach Music Awards, including Group of the Year and Record of the Year.

“We could have not have a more recognized beach band than the Band of Oz,” said LOB Chairman Michelle Hunt. “The Band of Oz is no stranger to the Sanford area and has performed in Lee County numerous times.” Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tables with preferred seating are also available for purchase at $350, which includes appetizers.

For more information, call (919) 258-0223 or contact Teresa Kelly at CUOC.