A plethora of top-notch area musicians are coming together this weekend to help out one of their own.
On Saturday, May 20, friends of Greg Preate will hold the “Jamming for Greg” benefit at Arcaro & Genell, with all proceeds going to the Old Forge native and his family to help offset the costs associated with his ongoing battle with cancer.
Taking place from 6 to 11 p.m., the event will feature wall-to-wall live music, with performances by Eric Rudy, Sugar Ray, Flatland Ruckus, Jigsaw Johnny, J.P. Williams Blues Band, The Control Freaks, Anti-Depressions and FullCircle.
Meanwhile, there will be numerous basket raffles — prizes include everything from restaurant gift cards to a Coach purse to a wheelbarrow of cheer — as well as a bake sale, celebrity bartenders, beer and soda (there will also be a cash bar) and plenty of Old Forge-style pizza, stromboli and boneless wings.
Tickets are $20, free for kids 12 and younger, and will be available at the door, or by calling 570-650-1061, 570-351-7817 or 570-267-8104.
Several months back, Preate was diagnosed with carcinoma at the base of the tongue. Since then, he’s undergone surgery in Philadelphia, and is currently receiving radiation treatments.
Given those circumstances, Preate’s wide circle of close-knit friends thought it would be a great idea to hold a fundraiser to help ease some of the financial burden for Preate and his wife, Melissa Doran Preate, owner of Looking Good All Over Salon and Spa in Moosic. The couple has a son, Greg Jr.
“He’s a good guy, and an Old Forge boy,” said longtime Preate friend and fellow Old Forge High School Class of 1981 member Bob Mecca who, despite not being able to attend the benefit due to a family vacation, is still helping to plan and promote it.
Owner of Preate Winery in Old Forge and a former borough councilman, Preate is also an accomplished musician who has played in several local bands, among them Head’s Up Duo with Jack Roberts and Groove Duo with Mecca.
“I can’t tell you how many shows and bands we’ve played in over the years,” said Mecca, who’s also a member of the local duo 2 for the Road.
Despite his treatments, Preate is still managing to get out and perform, according to Mecca.
“Overall, he’s doing good,” he said
Given how well regarded Preate is in the community, and the quality of live music that will be on display, Mecca has high hopes that Jamming for Greg will be rousing success.
“It should be a good time,” Mecca said. “He’s a great friend. And the community is coming together for him.”
Those who can’t make it to the benefit, but would like to make a donation, can send it to: Jamming for Greg, c/o People’s Security Bank, 216 S. Main St., Old Forge, Pa., 18518, or any other branch of People’s Security Bank.
IF YOU GO What: Jamming for Greg benefit for Greg Preate
Where: Arcaro & Genell, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge
When: Saturday, May 20, 6-11 p.m.
Details: Tickets are $20, and free for kids 12 and younger, and will be available at the door, or by calling 570-650-1061, 570-351-7817, or 570-267-8104. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.