By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer
CLINTON — Hundreds of people gathered Labor Day weekend to support a great cause and enjoy live, local music.
The third annual Tegeler Music Benefit Concert began without a hitch on Saturday and continued through Sunday with all the proceeds of the weekend going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
"Every expense was paid for before the truck pulled in today," concert founder Don Tegeler said. "So, every dollar raised will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project."
Money raised on Saturday and Sunday came from a number of different sources including donations for admission and 50/50 raffle ticket sales.
The Clinton High School drumline also sponsored a walking taco bar to raise money, adding to the total donations of the weekend.
According to committee member Bob Whitten, the event would not have been a possibility without the support of the community.
"The city of Clinton and all the local businesses have been amazing sponsoring this event," Whitten said.
Part of that support came from Bentler Equipment Inc., which donated several event tents, free of charge, for the benefit concert.
"It's just amazing," Whitten said.
The community wasn't the only major support the event saw over the weekend though — all 20 bands that performed did so absolutely free.
"They're giving up about $10,000 in gig money to be here for this," Whitten said.
Nearly all of the bands that performed Saturday and Sunday are either local or have members from the Clinton area.
Some of the more popular bands of the weekend included Down 24, No Sugar Tonight and Johnny Outlaw. In an attempt to highlight that popularity and raise more money, the concert committee created the "favorite band competition."
Small coffee cans labeled with each band name were offered to people to vote for their favorite with a $1 donation.
The variety of options to donate allowed for success at the event and also offered people an opportunity to enjoy themselves while supporting a good cause.
Twenty-two- year veteran Tod Willis was impressed by the amount of support the community generated for the cause and said he is happy the event continues to grow.
"It's awesome that the local community comes together to support veterans," Willis said. "It's nice to be appreciated."