MEET Anthony "Nino" - he is the Security Manager at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. This is the second year in a row that he and his wife have organized the "Rock the Relay" fundraiser at Desert Empire Fairgrounds & Events Center, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Relay For Life Ridgecrest!
Nino explained, "My wife is one of the main reasons this whole thing was created. She is a two-time cancer survivor. She's had Hodgkin's Lymphoma twice and beat it both times. We had a friend who's daughter had Hodgkin's and they formed a Relay For Life Team. We didn't know much about it but joined their team. After joining the team and trying to raise money, I came up with the idea to have a benefit concert. I am a musician and was in a couple local bands at the time so I figured it was worth a shot. I called a meeting with some of my band friends, a local bar owner, a couple sound and lighting guys, and I pitched them the idea. Every one of them were all in.The support we got from the community was amazing. Needless to say, the show was a big hit and I was able to make a donation to the Relay For Life in the amount of $3,587.00. Not too bad for one nights work!
Cancer has impacted me and my family so many times. I lost my mother, father, and step father all to cancer. I lost 7 of 9 aunts and uncles as well. Then last December my brother's wife passed due to pancreatic cancer. Cancer has taken it's toll on my family. So I figured if I could raise as much money as possible, we may get a little payback on cancer 😊. Since our last name is Agostinacci, and to honor all of those we lost, we formed our own Relay team. We are now called, "The A Team." This year we're holding the concert at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. We have 6 great local bands that stepped up to play this show. We are also going to have T-shirts, food, and refreshments and beer provided by SquarePrint, Furys Sports Bar, Roaming Dog Kitchen and The Shaved Ice Shack Ice, just to name a few. 6 great bands for 10 bucks, children under 12, accompanied by an adult, are FREE!" Rock the Relay II, Sept 29, doors open 5.3pm.
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