Shelter My Soul benefit set to rock Marblehead Veterans Middle School

The Chad Hollister Band is set to headline the Shelter My Soul benefit concert Saturday, June 25, 7 to 10 p.m. at Marblehead Veterans Middle School to benefit the Lynn Shelter Association. Tickets will be available at the door.

The Chad Hollister Band will headline Shelter My Soul, a benefit concert for the Lynn Shelter Association, Saturday, June 25, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Marblehead Veterans Middle School Performing Arts Center, 217 Pleasant St.

This benefit concert will also feature Deb Larkin and Jeff Stout Jazz Quartet, Mary Alexander-Onstad and Soneta Srey.

Tickets are $50, $25 for seniors and children under 17, and can be purchased online or at the door.

Speaking to the selectmen on June 22, Mimi Hollister Gardner — proud stepmother of Chad Hollister — likened it to a local version of the famed global musical fundraising event “Live Aid.”

Indeed, between the jazz of Larkin and Stout and the rap/singing of Srey, the event will feature a wide range of musical styles.

In this case, the event will benefit the Lynn Shelter Association, which is in the final stages of renovating a hotel and its other properties to make them more livable.

The Lynn Shelter Association said that it plans to devote the funds to its new emergency shelter.

Incorporated in 1984, the association provides shelter and supportive services to more than 1,000 homeless individuals and families each year, according to its website. Its current Adult Emergency Shelter has 44 beds available year round, which has used mats to expand using during winter, when the need for safe, warm sleeping space grows.

The show is a joint project of the Marblehead Ministerial Association and Marblehead schools, and local sponsors include the National Grand Bank, Marblehead Bank and Marblehead Rotary Club.

Hollister explained that competition was unfortunately fierce to bring food trucks to the event, as it coincides with a festival being held in Gloucester. Yet there will still be an ice cream truck on site, and pizza and other refreshments available as well.

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