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Sister Hazel's Lyrics for Life: An Evening of Making Music Matter!

Online Auction Featuring Star Studded Handwritten Lyric Memorabilia Now Open

Sold Out Gala and Limited Number of Concert Tickets Remaining

Platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, is set to host their fifth annual Lyrics for Life: An Evening of Making Music Matter in their hometown of Gainesville, FL this Saturday, March 4, 2023. Presented by Rich and Carissa Blaser, the evening event at Curtis M. Phillips Center will raise funds for the non-profit charities Lyrics for Life's Camp Hazelnut and Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation as well as with all Lyrics for Life events, STOP Children's Cancer in Gainesville, FL. Tickets and more information are available here. Looking to surpass the $475K raised at the last event, Gala attendees will enjoy sipping on cocktails and dining on heavy hors d'oeuvres as they browse a star-studded silent auction, featuring items from some of the music industry's biggest names. Afterwards patrons will experience an intimate concert by Sister Hazel with special guest artist Darius Rucker. The night is set to close with delicious desserts at the after-party celebration. A limited number of concert tickets are also available. Concert ticket holders will have reserved seating in the Balcony and Mezzanine sections. Guests will have access to a cash bar serving beer, wine, and a signature cocktail prior to and throughout the show. Guest entry will be through the East Staircase to the Phillips Center. Doors open for concert ticket holders at 6:30pm. Now through 11:30pm EST Saturday, March 4 the online auction and raffle features an exceptional selection of unique items with handwritten lyrics from celebrity artists, a chance to win a cabin on the 2024 Rock Boat Cruise, and more. There is plenty to choose from along with an option to donate directly to Lyrics for Life to support cancer research. You don't need to be present at the event to bid on the one-of-a-kind items. Register at or text to register: TEXT LFL to 243725. More details on auction items can be found here. Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 Time: Doors: 6:30 PM Location: Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611 Tickets: Gala SOLD OUT; Concert Admission $125 available HERE. Dress: Concert Attire / Business Casual Please contact for sponsorship opportunities. Lyrics for Life has raised over three and a half million dollars for Children's Cancer Charities around the country including $650,000 donated to Stop Children's Cancer in the band's hometown of Gainesville, FL. They have also benefited other Cancer Charities around the country including Children's Cancer Center of Tampa and Camp Sunshine in Atlanta. More than 15,000 children under age 19 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. While survival rates have improved, cancer remains one of the leading causes of death by disease for kids. You can learn more about Lyrics for Life here.

About Sister Hazel:

Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called "one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years" by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song "All for You," topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status. Since then, the band has become firmly established not only in rock and alternative music, but now in country with four back-to-back Billboard Top Country Albums Chart entries. They have most recently co-produced a cleverly themed EP compilation series entitled “Elements,” that includes a bonus seventh track that continued throughout the series. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band was a pioneer in the themed cruise industry by co-founding "The Rock Boat" and annually hosts events like the “Hazelnut Hang,” and "Camp Hazelnut" that focuses on creating unique experiences and interacting with the fans. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media having amassed over a million social followers. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with “Lyrics for Life.” Founded by singer Ken Block, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.

About Lyrics For Life:

Lyrics for Life is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. Sister Hazel frontman, Ken Block, and his band mates founded Lyrics for Life in memory of Ken’s younger brother, Jeffrey, who ultimately lost his four-year battle with cancer that started at age 14. The charity unites musicians and celebrities for concert events, auctions, and other fundraising efforts. The monies raised are donated to groups that are working to find a cure, as well as those aiming to enrich the lives of patients and their families. From research to summer camps and family support groups, we are surrounding this disease and conquering it from every angle. Artists participate in many ways, often by donating handwritten lyrics to one of their songs on anything from a simple sheet of paper to a surfboard to some other unique item, which we offer for auction at one of our Lyrics for Life events. Our team of musicians, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters set high goals for the future. We accept the challenge to find new ways of raising money and awareness and to help make each day a little brighter until there is a cure.

About Camp Hazelnut:

Decades of familiar, happy faces cover the walls in the dining hall of Camp Crystal Lake outside Gainesville, FL. Kids around the U.S. have been spending summers there for as long as anyone can remember, so when the Camp’s Director, Scott Burton, got word to the band that he would love to collaborate on an event, everyone loaded up the car and headed out for a visit. The conversation started simply as a family-focused Sister Hazel fan event—a weekend “summer camp” retreat with activities, bonfires, cabins, and, of course, music. When Sister Hazel decided to also invite some regional kids with cancer and their families, the idea took on a whole new meaning, and the weekend turned out to be far more powerful than anyone first imagined: so much so, that they decided to center future Camp Hazelnut events around these special kids and families. The Camp Hazelnut goal is simple: create a playful, safe, uplifting experience for kids and families navigating the overwhelming challenges of a cancer diagnosis. It's a place to simply get away and come together. The campers embark on a great exploration to discover (or rediscover!) the magic that can only be created at summer camp, and the band is right there alongside them every step of the way, leading activities, playing acoustic campfire sing-alongs, sharing, giggling, and having a blast.

About The Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation:

The Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation provides financial support to qualified cancer patients in the state of Florida for expenses such as rent or mortgage, car payments and utility bills. By giving patients peace of mind in knowing that their bills are being paid while they are undergoing treatment, the FCS Foundation allows them to concentrate on what really matters – fighting cancer. Due to the generosity of the Florida Cancer Specialists physicians in covering all overhead expenses for the Foundation, 100% of donations received go directly towards paying the essential non-medical living expenses of an adult battling cancer. The Foundation is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization and located at 5985 Silver Falls Run, Suite 210, Bradenton, FL 34211. Learn more about the FCS Foundation at: For more information, call 941.677.7186 or email

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