(Binghamton, NY • March 21, 2017) The Sock Out Cancer™ concert held March 10 didn’t just meet the event’s fundraising goals—it exceeded them by 20 percent! Security Mutual Life Chairman, President & CEO Bruce W. Boyea had the honor of announcing that Greater Binghamton’s first-ever Sock Out Cancer initiative danced past its $100,000 goal, actually raising $120,000 to help people in the Southern Tier battling cancer. The proceeds will be split evenly between the Lourdes Hospital Foundation and the UHS Foundation and will help local cancer patients who need assistance paying for basic living expenses, such as rent or mortgage payments, food and transportation to the hospital.
Boyea announced the results just prior to the benefit concert performed by the internationally renowned ensemble William Close and The Earth Harp Collective. He thanked all the sponsors, particularly co-presenters Chemung Canal Trust Company, Visions Federal Credit Union and WBNG, as well as major sponsors Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP, and Upstate Shredding, LLC. He also thanked the many audience members who supported the initiative through the purchase of concert tickets and Sock Out Cancer™ Socks.
“Because of what you have collectively done in purchasing socks, tickets and sponsorships, we exceeded our goal,” said Boyea. “And I can tell you that this event doesn’t stop here tonight. The socks sold so rapidly that we placed an order for an additional 5,000 pairs so we can continue our fight throughout the year. It’s truly amazing what we can accomplish when we work together.” The socks will be available through both Lourdes and UHS.
Boyea culminated his remarks with a tribute to the 300 cancer patients and survivors in attendance. “You motivate us by being here tonight, and we want to let you know that we are here for you and our prayers are with you,” he said.
Sporting Sock Out Cancer Socks, William Close and The Earth Harp Collective then took the stage, delighting the audience with the sights and sounds of The Earth Harp®, as well as the collective’s other original instruments: the Drum Cloud®, the Bass Shield® and the Drum Jacket®. The concert was a huge success and earned the performers a standing ovation from the highly appreciative and enthusiastic audience.