The Johnny Holm Band will perform in concert Saturday, Aug. 31, at University Park as part of a fundraising event to benefit the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign.
Opening for the popular rock and roll band will be Elworth Macki, a singer-guitarist from Thief River Falls, who will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Several food trucks will be on site. Beverages will be available for purchase from the Brick and Barley.
Gates open at 5 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Kappa Sigma fraternity at UND, ends at 11 p.m.
Admission is $15 for the general public and $10 for students, including high school, university or technical school, and for anyone with military ID, including the guard, reserve, active, retired and dependent. Admission is $5 for children younger than 14.
The Kappa Sigma fraternity is also running an online auction this week.
More than $8,500 in goods and services have been donated to the auction by area businesses and individuals, and more items are added daily, according to Jeff Frane, of Grand Forks, the fraternity’s alumni president. The goal is to reach $10,000.
Auction items are listed at www.bit.ly/MilitaryHeroesAuction and are displayed at Dakota Commercial offices at 615 First Ave. N. Items represent restaurant offers, massages, golf packages, floral shops, movie theaters, automotive care, fitness centers and sporting goods.
The auction closes at 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.
Most of the proceeds from the concert and auction will go to the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign, which is in its second year, he said.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota and Minnesota, which takes veterans on an all-expenses-paid, two-day trip to visit war memorials and other historic sites in Washington, D.C.
“Last year, we wrote a check for $15,000 for the campaign,” said Frane, pointing out that about 80 undergraduate student members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, along with six fraternity alumni-mentors, are involved in the fundraising project.
“This year, the amount of support has been huge," and more area businesses are contributing to the online auction, as owners become more familiar with the project, he said.
The chiefs of the UND and city police departments “are 100 percent behind this,” based on their experience at last year’s event, said Frane, noting that the concert is a family friendly event.
The Military Heroes Campaign has provided organizational and financial support to military veterans and their families since 2007.