Band: 3rd Annual Ben Walls Memorial Jam
Date: Sunday, June 28 at noon
Venue: The Garage, 9 S. Washington Ave.,
251-433-2223
Tickets: $10 at the door

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No one could ever say Mobile isn’t a philanthropic city. Each year, dozens of benefits are held across the county for a number of charitable purposes. Some are so successful they recur annually, and the Ben Walls Memorial Jam is one such event.

The benefit is named for downtown regular Ben Walls, who lost a battle with cancer several years ago. Since then, his widow Noretta Walls has organized an annual “jam” to celebrate her late husband’s life and generate funds for a local individual continuing to battle the disease. This year’s beneficiary is 35-year-old Michael “Tike” Fitzgerald.

An Eastern Shore native who relocated to Vermont, Fitzgerald returned home after the funding and treatment for his Stave IV lung cancer proved prohibitive. All money collected at this year’s jam will go toward Fitzgerald’s ongoing treatment.

The organizers of the Ben Walls Memorial Jam have confirmed an impressive lineup of local entertainment June 28. Local notables Eric Erdman, Harrison McInnis, Ryan Balthrop, Chico McCollum and Mark Saunders will perform, along with SNAK, Last Call Rodeo and Cool Rays. Since this is a “jam,” the crowd can expect some mingling of the musical talent throughout the day.