Grammy winner to perform in Milton

Grammy winner Billy Dean will present an acoustic concert on Saturday, June 5 in Milton at Gov. Jack Markell’s Seventh Annual Summer Bash to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware. The tented event is rain-or-shine at 313 Walnut Street and will include an upscale Southern barbecue prepared by the Food Bank of Delaware’s executive chef, Noah Mathay. Dogfish Head Beer on tap and soft drinks will be served. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Food Bank of Delaware.

Tickets at $25 may be pre-purchased -- children under 16 get in free -- and further information can be found at www.annualsummerbash.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate, which will open at noon.

Besides the Grammy, Billy Dean’s musical history includes gold- and platinum-selling albums and many country music awards and top-ten hits. Mr. Dean has also appeared in various television shows and co-starred with Dolly Parton in the movie Blue Valley Songbird. In turn, he has felt the need to “give back” and since 2005 has been the official spokesperson for a program enabling pre-teens to raise money for their favorite charities.

“Billy Dean is a perfect fit for our event,” notes Annual Summer Bash creator Corey Marshall-Steele. “Giving back, in this case to the Food Bank of Delaware, is what it’s all about. Our guests will be treated to a fun concert by a major artist while enjoying upscale food and drink – but meanwhile they will be supporting a very worthy cause. Giving doesn’t always have to hurt!”

Last year’s Annual Summer Bash featuring Grammy winner Pam Tillis attracted 800 guests and netted $16,000 for the Food Bank of Delaware.

Douglas Marshall-Steele

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