Farmington Hills residents have a concert for a cause

October 21, 2013 by  

Farmington Hills residents who want to help raise funds to fight cancer will have a chance to do so later this week, when a group of local musicians presents ‘The Flamingo Incident’.

The concert, which has been organized by Ben Hogg, honors his mentor and friend Ellen Grumeretz, who died of breast cancer. Proceeds from the concert go to benefit the Botsford Cancer Center, located in Farmington Hills.

Hogg says Grumeretz never said “Why me” and instead asked “What now?” It was Grumeretz who pushed Hogg to follow his passion and return to his music.

A concert by this same group in May raised $2,500 to support a cancer screening event at the Botsford facility. The name of the concert, ‘The Flamingo Incident’, honors Hogg’s parents as well as members of their travel group, who refer to themselves as ‘The Flamingos’.

Hogg said the group’s attitude is ‘What are we waiting for? What are we we saving it for?’ He adds that he hopes the concert not only raises money, but at the same time encourages people to smile in spite of the difficulties they may face.

The concert is October 25 at 8:00 pm, and admission is $10. Tickets are available online.

Hogg and other concert organizers for events like this could work with a poster printing company to create a poster to announce the concert, and perhaps to make it available for sale to attendees as a further fundraising measure in time for the event.