Friday, July 10, 2009

Don Felder concert will benefit Thompson golf

Tickets on sale for Aug. 19 event

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A new addition to the 32-year Sun Valley tradition of raising funds for leukemia and cancer research will take place Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Sun Valley Pavilion, in the resort.

Don Felder, one of the original five band members and lead guitarist for The Eagles for 27 years, will give a benefit concert for the Danny Thompson Memorial leukemia fund.

It's called "An Evening at the Hotel California."

The concert will be the kickoff event for the four-day Danny Thompson festivities that include the 36-hole golf tournament Aug. 21-22 and the auction gala on Friday, Aug. 21.

Georgie Fenton of Ketchum, Thompson tournament director and president, said in a news release that she is encouraged the Don Felder concert will raise additional funds towards this worthy cause at a time when it is so critically needed.

Felder was a celebrity golfer at last year's Thompson tournament when he approached Fenton with the idea of staging a benefit concert for the 2009 gathering. Fenton said, "What better way to help make a difference in a great cause than to enjoy world-class music under the summer stars in an outstanding setting."

Tickets for the Aug. 19 concert are on sale at or through the Sun Valley Recreation Center at 622-2135. Premium seats that include a VIP cocktail party are limited in number.

In May, the Thompson tournament presented a $710,000 check from 2008 proceeds to the Boise-based St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute ($355,000) and the University of Minnesota Cancer Research Center ($355,000). Funds are leveraged through matching grant programs up to three times their value on an annual basis, bringing the actual income to over $1 million each year, the news release stated.

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